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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

Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

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Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

The Warriors still are waiting on Patrick McCaw to sign his qualifying offer, but they reportedly brought in some backcourt depth in the meantime.

The two-time defending champions are set to sign ex-Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to The Athletic and ESPN. Ulis chose to sign with the Warriors over the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, ESPN's Marc Spears reported Friday.

Ulis averaged 7.8 points and 23.4 minutes per game in 71 appearances with the Suns last season. He started 43 games, two of which came in April against the Warriors. 

The 22-year-old, whom the Suns drafted in the second round in 2016, figures to have a tough time cracking the Warriors' rotation. Point guards Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook all will be ahead of him on the depth chart, and Ulis' lack of size (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) makes time at the other guard spot unlikely. 

That explains his contract, then. An Exhibit 10 deal means that Ulis will receive a bonus of up to $50,000 if he signs with the G-League Santa Cruz after the Warriors waive him, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks' explainer of the deal. Ulis' deal also can become a two-way contract, minus the bonus. 

NBA rule changes announced for 2018-19 season

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NBA rule changes announced for 2018-19 season

Some of you may still be celebrating the Warriors' 2018 title in the street of Oakland.

Keep celebrating if you will, but it's time to move on to the 2018-19 season. And with that, the NBA is bringing more change to the game that keeps on growing. 

On Friday, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved three rule changes that will take place this season. With these changes, the league is looking to speed the game up while making it easier to follow.

Below is how the NBA describes each change: 

Shot Clock Reset – The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios: after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

The rule has been in effect in the NBA G League since the 2016-17 season, in the WNBA since 2016 and in FIBA play since 2014-15.  The rule was also in place during 2018 NBA Summer Leagues.

Simplification of the Clear Path Foul Rule – The changes to the clear path foul rule establish “bright line” standards based on the position of players at the time of the foul while also narrowing required referee judgment and reducing the number of variables impacting the rule’s application. 

A clear path foul is now defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity in the following circumstances: the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt; no defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

As part of the clear path foul rule simplification, referees will no longer need to make judgment calls as to whether or not a defender was between (or had the opportunity to be between) the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity and the basket.  In addition, referees will no longer have to determine whether or not the defender was at any time ahead of the offensive player prior to committing the foul, nor will it be relevant whether or not a defender beat the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity into the frontcourt.  Further, plays of this nature will no longer have to originate in the backcourt (since transition scoring opportunities can originate in the frontcourt).

Under the simplified rule, a clear path foul cannot occur if the fouled player is in the act of shooting or if the foul is caused by the defender’s attempt to intercept or deflect a pass intended for the player attempting to score in transition. 

If a clear path foul is committed, the offended team will continue to be awarded two free throws and possession of the ball on the sideline nearest the spot where the foul occurred.

Expanded Definition of “Hostile Act” for Replay Purposes – For purposes of triggering instant replay review, the definition of a “hostile act” has been broadened to enable referees to determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans. 

Let the games begin.