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Warriors' Kevin Durant explains why he likes to engage on social media

Warriors' Kevin Durant explains why he likes to engage on social media

Kevin Durant logged on to Twitter this week and made waves.

The Warriors star went at FOX Sports 1's Chris Broussard multiple times after the commentator claimed Golden State winning without the two-time NBA Finals MVP was Durant's "worst nightmare."

Durant and Broussard went back-and-forth a couple of times before the feud died down. 

So, why does Durant, an all-time great, feel the need to be present on social media? Because he knows what he's talking about.

"Because I have social media," Durant said Friday when asked why he engages with people on social media. "I mean, I'm a human being with a social media account. I could see if I ventured off into like politics, culinary arts or music and gave my input, but I'm sticking to something that I know. You know what I'm saying? This is all I know. I'm actually talking about stuff that I know. I'm qualified to talk about basketball.

"So when I respond to something, especially if it's about me personally, of course I'm going to tell you if you wrong about it. When I'm on the training table getting treatment on my calf and I see a tweet that come by and I disagree -- I don't talk to people because I'm worried about what they say, it's just that I'm interested. So if you talking about in-game or the NBA Finals, they're the same to me, you know what I'm saying?"

Fair enough.

Durant, who has been sidelined with a right calf strain since Game 5 of the Warriors' second-round series against the Houston Rockets, continues to receive treatment and rehab his calf, but he is "unlikely" to be able to play early in the series.

[RELATED: How KD's early NBA Finals absence affects Warriors' matchups]

If Durant does miss the first few games of the championship round, it will just give him more time to pick people apart on social media.

Kevin Durant still will sign with Knicks in NBA free agency, Jalen Rose says

Kevin Durant still will sign with Knicks in NBA free agency, Jalen Rose says

Jalen Rose isn't changing his mind. He still believes Kevin Durant is going from the Bay Area to the Big Apple. 

"At the beginning of the season, I felt like he would leave for New York City," Rose said Monday morning on ESPN's "Get Up." "I still believe that to be the case. His injury obviously creates a different kind of hiccup in this scenario because of the Golden State Warriors' ability to offer him five years, an extra $50 million, and then grant him the opportunity to trade him to where he wants to go.

"The problem is, I don't know if I give them that level of autonomy. I still believe he leaves." 

Rose is sticking to his prediction that Durant will wind up in New York once free agency begins June 30. The question is, though, which team? 

While Durant long has been rumored to join the Knicks this summer, the Nets have emerged as serious candidates as well. Just three days ago, ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Durant's former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, Kendrick Perkins, declared the Nets as the "front-runners" to sign KD.

So, which team is it, Jalen? 

"The Knicks," Rose predicted. "I still feel like if you're going to leave the Golden State Warriors, it's not just about the rings; he got two there. It's not just about the money; he can get more there. It's the stage. If you're gonna come to New York City, that's at MSG." 

[RELATED: KD's injury could improve Warriors' chances of keeping him]

Durant has a $31.5 million player option, though he's expected to opt out and seek a max contract. Who will offer him one, and which team will he pick? 

In less than one week, we could know.

Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

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Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

The rumors started eight days ago. All-Star point guard Chris Paul "wants out" of Houston, Stephen A. Smith reported.

Since then, there have multiple reports of chaos within the Rockets organization, one that even stated Paul's relationship with NBA MVP James Harden is 'unsalvageable.'

But on Sunday, Paul tried to put all those rumors to bed.

“I never asked for a trade,” Paul told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. “I never demanded a trade.”

Trading Paul would be difficult for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Paul still is owed more than $124 million over the next three seasons, and finding a team that can take on that kind of salary for an aging point guard would be tough.

As for the reported rift with Harden, Paul claimed he's not unhappy in his current situtation.

“I’ll be in Houston,” Paul told Feigen. “I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”

[RELATED; Morey shoots down CP3 trade request rumor]

The Rockets gave the Warriors a good battle in each of the last two postseasons. With Golden State nursing its wounds during the 2019-20 season, this might be Houston's chance to pounce and get to the NBA Finals.

We'll find out over the next few weeks if Paul is telling the truth or if the whispers of his unhappiness actually were true.