As many of you may know, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has been in the media recently yet again for his antics on Twitter.
After appearing on CJ McCollum's Pull Up podcast, the Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard questioned KD over his social media activity, asking him why he indulges fans in debate online, most notably replying to a teenager who called Durant a snake on Instagram.
Kevin responded by saying he just enjoys talking basketball and responding to basketball fans, even if they don't have the nicest things to say.
"Well, I'm always on Instagram -- well not always; I mean, when I have time -- we scroll through the Explore page and through your tagged pictures, I do that ... so I've been seeing this kid just been having these basketball analyses and he has like 50,000 followers so he kind of got a little voice. People actually looking at this stuff.
So you know, there was some comments, obviously I'm gonna disagree about some stuff. And I'm like, 'Yo, bro. You don't know what you're talking about. I understand you love the game, you love different players. Bro, relax. Now you got 50,000 people following you with this garbage.' Exactly what I said.
Obviously, because of me and I play for the Warriors, which everybody hates the Warriors -- I don't think they have anything against me it's just the fact that I play for the Warriors. So when I respond to the kid, it's like I did it in a sensitive manner. But I've seen you respond to a lot of people as well. I've always seen Kobe Bryant respond to people on Twitter as well just reminding them about some stuff ... I could go down the line of players in every sport that do that, but I guess just because it's just me...
I'm just chillin, on the Gram, so I can't be like, 'Nah man, I'm not gonna be who I am.' I've been doing the social media for a minute -- since I first started. That's what it's for. I got tweets in the archive since I first started in the league. It's who I am, that's jus what I do on social media. And it's pretty simple -- when I want to comment I do, if I don't -- probably I don't want to. I think people just blow it out of proportion because it's me."
Fellow Western Conference rival Dirk Nowitzki appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning, and was asked about Durant's tendency to get into fights on Twitter with fans, and blatantly said he couldn't understand why KD bothers.
"I don’t follow him on Twitter, but obviously it’s tough not to see what’s going on. I just think overall and in general, I don’t know why you would get engaged with fans talking trash.
"I like having fun with it. I get hit up on Twitter every now and then in my mentions. ‘Hey, you’re old, go away. Retire.’ Or something like that. To me, it’s fun. You’re not supposed to be sensitive about it. That’s how I look at it.
"I’m not sure why KD feels the need to respond to some of the stuff, because, I mean, Twitter is just such a place for tough guys and a lot of hate. I take it with a smile on my face. You can’t take yourself too serious on there.”
I guess when you're in your 40's and have been in the league for as long as Dirk has, online criticism doesn't affect you whatsoever.