Warriors star Kevin Durant had seen and heard enough before deciding to create a fake Twitter account and fire back at his social media haters.
Durant is a unique case given his status as one of the league's most recognizable stars and a guy who took a lot of heat for being a frontrunner for joining Golden State. But criticism is something that reaches all NBA players in one form or another, whether it be online or in person from people in the stands.
Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. gets his fair share of insults and can see why Durant was pushed over the edge.
"I would 100 percent say that I've had the urge to get a fake Twitter, but I never did it," Oubre said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast.
"But Kev, at the end of the day with people, it's the whole world attacking him for the decision he made and he succeeded off his decision. Sometimes people get fed up because at the end of the day, we're just like everybody else. We might be at this pedestal, our talents might have gotten us to a certain place, but we're human beings. We think the same as other people. We do the same things as other people. So, he pretty much said that 'I'm one of y'all.' All I do is just play basketball better. That's probably why he got the urge to get a fake Twitter, man. People feel like they can say whatever they want to us and us not say anything back because technically we can't. But it's still not fair for people to take advantage of us, man. I respect Kev."
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Oubre, 21, has played two seasons in the NBA and isn't a starter on the Wizards, but that doesn't mean he isn't targeted by opposing fans. He of course found himself as the center of attention at TD Garden this spring when the Wizards were battling the Celtics in the playoffs. Oubre was suspended for Game 5 after he was ejected for pushing Kelly Olynyk to the ground. Oubre was then greeted by chants of 'f*** you, Oubre' by thousands of screaming New Englanders.
"Boston is definitely probably the worst. Me and K.O. had our little party. We had a good time. Boston is definitely the most interesting, but everywhere you hear a lot of stuff, honestly," Oubre said.
So, what does Oubre hear most often? Well, it's a little weird and unexpected.
"People call me a lesbian a lot. They think I look like a female girl or a teenage girl or something. I understand I'm a pretty dude. They might be mad that their wife likes me or something," he said.
"I'm not a lesbian. I'm a grown man. I've heard that multiple times. I guess it's something to try to get under my skin, but at the end of the day I know who I am. The whole Boston crowd screaming 'F U Oubre,' that was pretty creative of everybody in their arena. But I loved it, it was just part of the game."
One quick Twitter search of 'Oubre' and 'lesbian' sure enough proves that this particular insult goes back several years.
Oubre knows that comes with the territory of being a so-called pretty boy and isn't about to complain.
"Well, you know, I can thank the lord for that I guess," he said.Oubre also talked about improving his vertical leap this offseason, fashion, dogs and why he loves the rapper Travis Scott on the podcast.
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