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Kevin Durant addresses his deleted tweets: 'Childish, idiotic'

Kevin Durant addresses his deleted tweets: 'Childish, idiotic'

UPDATE (Tuesday at 3:15pm) -- After speaking on stage at Tech Crunch in San Francisco, Kevin Durant opened up even more.

“To know that I affected Billy Donovan and the Thunder. Like, I love those people," Durant told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports. "That was just me being a total (expletive) idiot. I own up to it. I want to move on from it. It probably hit me probably harder than what everybody (thought). Everybody else was telling me to relax, to snap out of it, but I was really, really upset with myself more than anything.

"I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it...

“I was at home. I fell asleep watching football. I woke up, had charged my phone, and I just happened to look on Twitter. And I see, and I just don’t remember it. I remember what I said and how I said it, but I just forget everything else. I forgot everything else. I was only focused on that convo, and that was unfortunate. I look like an idiot. My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

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On Sunday night, Kevin Durant got himself into some trouble on Twitter.

A fan tweeted at him: "Man I respect the hell outta you but give me one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship."

Durant's first tweet: "he didn't like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn't that good, it was just him and russ."

[RELATED: Durant deletes tweets critical of Thunder, OKC players, Billy Donovan]

Durant's second tweet: 'imagine taking russ off that team, see how bad they are. Kd can't win a championship with those cats."

Soon thereafter, Durant deleted the tweets.

On Tuesday morning, Durant was a guest at Tech Crunch in San Francisco and was asked about the incident.

"I do have another Instagram account, but that's just for my friends and family. I wouldn't say I was using that to clap back at anybody. But I use Twitter to engage with the fans. I think it's a great way to engage with basketball fans.

"But I happened to take it a little too far. And that's what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates ... I don't regret at clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach's name and the former organization I played for.

"That was childish, that was idiotic; all those type of words. I regret doing that and I apologized to him for doing that. But I don't think I'll ever stop engaging with my fans. I think they really enjoy it and I think it's a good way to connect us all.

"I will scale back a little bit right now. Just focus on playing basketball. I want to move on from that. It was tough to deal with yesterday. I was really upset with myself."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.