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Dirk Nowitzki doesn't understand why Kevin Durant responds to stuff on social media

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Dirk Nowitzki doesn't understand why Kevin Durant responds to stuff on social media

Kevin Durant was recently a guest on the "Pull Up with CJ McCollum Podcast."

Part 1 was released last week and Part 2 dropped on Tuesday.

After a brief introduction on Part 1, McCollum wasted no time getting into Durant's social media habits.

"You made the waves recently responding to people on Twitter," McCollum began. "We have to talk about this; I always tell people we are normal human beings -- we got feelings, we got emotions, we go through depression, we go through happy moments, sad moments -- why did you respond?"

For Durant, it's pretty simple -- he enjoys interacting with fans and talking about basketball:

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"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."

You may think that it's silly for Durant to engage whatsoever. But it's fun for him and he isn't going to change (it also results in some great content).

Hey Dirk Nowitzki -- do you follow any of the Durant stuff on social media?

“I don’t follow him on Twitter, but obviously it’s tough not to see what’s going on," Dirk said on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning. "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.”

Wait. Hold on. Dirk doesn't follow Durant on Twitter?

Have a great weekend everybody!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Top NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball is big fan of Warriors' Steph Curry

Top NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball is big fan of Warriors' Steph Curry

About seven months from now, LaMelo Ball will hear his name called at the 2020 NBA Draft.

The 18-year-old -- who is playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia's National Basketball League -- is the younger brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball.

He is averaging 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.6 steals through 11 games.

What does LaMelo think about Warriors superstar Steph Curry?

Here is an excerpt from a recent Bleacher Report feature on LaMelo, written by Mirin Fader:

Finally sitting back down, he pulls up NBA highlights on his phone. "My boy Curryyyyyy!" he says, watching Warriors guard Stephen Curry splash a deep three. Jackson and Brooks head out for another drink as LaMelo decides to stay in.

He waves goodbye, then grows quiet, locked into his phone. He is mesmerized by the threes, by the possibility that he could soon be there.

LaMelo wouldn't have said this if he didn't admire and/or respect Curry's game.

And it's wild to think that because the three-time NBA champion will be sidelined for several more months because of a broken left hand, he just might end up being teammates with LaMelo -- who is projected to be a top-5 pick in June.

It's even possible that he ends up going No. 1 overall, and the Warriors currently have the worst record in the NBA.

Nobody knows how things will shake out, but it's fun to imagine what could transpire.

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As for those highlights LaMelo was watching -- in the Warriors' second preseason game against Minnesota on Oct. 10, Curry scored 40 points (in just 25 minutes) and went 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

Basketball misses you, Steph.

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Why Steve Kerr confident Warriors rookie Jordan Poole will get better

Why Steve Kerr confident Warriors rookie Jordan Poole will get better

Jordan Poole is in a shooting slump.

Over the first five games of the season, the Warriors rookie shot 38 percent (11-for-29) from beyond the arc.

But over his last nine appearances, Poole is at a dismal 18 percent (9-for-50) from deep, and just below 24 percent overall.

"Jordan is a young guy, he should be a junior in college and he should be coming into a situation where he's getting shots of Steph Curry or Klay Thompson; or playing behind those guys, learning from them every day in practice," coach Steve Kerr told reporters after practice Tuesday. "Maybe making an occasional visit to Santa Cruz to get a lot of playing time.

"That's how ideally you want to raise a young guy, but we don't have that luxury. So we're throwing him right into the fire. He's working his tail off. He's doing a great job.

"This league is unforgiving for a young player. He's just gotta keep doing what he's doing. Keep watching film and keep learning from his experience. He's gonna get better.

"We have great faith in that because of his ability and his character. He'll get there but it's a difficult time for him for sure."

(Quick tangent -- Santa Cruz could have used Poole on Sunday as the Sea Dubs lost to the Salt Lake City Stars, 102-77).

The 20-year-old went 1-for-8 overall (0-for-5 on 3s) last Friday against the Celtics.

He was 0-for-7 from the field (0-for-3 on 3s) Sunday night in New Orleans, and when it rains it pours:

What's strange is that the Michigan product is getting good looks:

But it hasn't been all bad for Poole.

"The one thing I'm really pleased with -- I think his defense has been much better," Kerr said. "He's starting to understand the NBA game and the schemes and the coverages. The things you have to do as a guard -- he's picking up on all those things.

"His defense is way better now than it was a month ago. That's a great sign and he's gotta stay with it."

Kerr is correct, and here are two examples from the Warriors' loss in Oklahoma City on Nov. 9 to prove it:

Additionally, Poole is averaging 2.4 assists over the last nine games.

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But understandably so, the focus is on his shooting struggles.

"He's pressing. I know exactly how he feels," Kerr added. "I was in a similar circumstance as a younger player -- not getting this amount of playing time -- but my first year in the league feeling like, 'Man, this is totally different from college.'

"This is all brand new for Jordan and we're trying to help him through it."

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