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Kelly Oubre, Jr. on insults from fans and how he can see why Kevin Durant made a fake Twitter account

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Kelly Oubre, Jr. on insults from fans and how he can see why Kevin Durant made a fake Twitter account

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.

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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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Bradley Beal's dominance left Cavaliers fans wondering what could have been

Bradley Beal's dominance left Cavaliers fans wondering what could have been

The Wizards may be 15-29, on pace for fewer wins than last year and sport the worst defense in the league by a wide margin, but Wizards fans can find solace in one simple fact. 

They aren't the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Heat one night before, the Wizards waltzed to their easiest win of the season. Bradley Beal was unguardable, Davis Bertans caught fire from three and Cleveland's top-five pick, Darius Garland had another rough shooting night. 

Suffice to say, Cavs fans weren't feeling great after the game last night. Here are some reactions we felt Wizards fans would want to see. 

Sad fans wanting to jump ship

"Absolutely disgraceful performance. In all my years as a fan of this team, I’ve never seen a group of players so lazy and pathetic. I’m taking my fan-hood to San Antonio where it looks like they know how to run a basketball team," said @FreakySportz

"Why do I continue to watch this team smh," wrote @cmcgoingal98

"PLAYERS DON'T CARE!! THIS GARBAGE IS UNREAL!!" @El_Matador92 screamed through his keyboard

"This is a wasted season... They need to trade [Kevin] Love now. He isn't a difference-maker," said @chanowski_j

What could have been with Bradley Beal

Beal had 36 points and eight assists on 15-22 shooting against the Cavs Thursday night. Nobody on Cleveland's roster could contain him, and after the game, it had Cavs fans wondering what could have been if Beal fell past the Wizards in the 2012 NBA Draft.

"We missed him by one spot in the draft," wrote @Hockey_Wolf

 

"I love Bradley Beal's game," said @The Real_DiO

"Beal 15-22 from the floor. You have to go into the game knowing he's the primary scorer. How many wide-open looks did he get?" wrote @CLESportPrspctv

"Not much you can do when a team is that committed to getting their star open shots. And Beal is great when free to shoot or drive... Wizards just were committed and determined to get him free," said @KirkLOB

Love brings Beal back to life

The best moment of the night came after Beal took a charge in the second half and laid flat on his back once he got hit. Then Love came over and did his best to revive the star shooting guard. 

Naturally, the jokes were flying at the Cavs' expense. 

"Love is so ready to be traded lol," wrote @ife_any

"Someone needs to revive Kevin Love's career," said @JRaviloi

"Should've left him for dead. Did you see what he did to us last night?" wrote @Belasic_Mark

"Highlight of the night," said @MomOnWarpath

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NBA Rumors: Davis Bertans trade inquiries have reportedly gone nowhere as deadline nears

NBA Rumors: Davis Bertans trade inquiries have reportedly gone nowhere as deadline nears

There's been no shortage of teams who've expressed interest in Wizards forward Davis Bertans, but it appears many attempts to trade for the Latvian sharpshooter have been rebuffed by Washington's front office. 

According to Chris Mannix, several Davis Bertans trade inquiries have gone nowhere. In those conversations, executives told Mannix that the Wizards wouldn't even discuss a deal. 

Bertans is making $7 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Wizards have unlocked the sniper's full offensive potential after three seasons in San Antonio. He's averaging career-highs in minutes (29.2), points (15.3), rebounds (4.6), field goal attempts (11.4) and three-point attempts (8.7). 

Bertans' break out season has resulted in a number of contenders expressing interest in his services. Based on a report by Chase Hughes earlier this month, the Celtics, Sixers, Lakers and Nuggets have all emerged as potential suitors. 

 

The Wizards remain consistent on their intention to keep Bertans past the trade deadline even if that may mean losing him in free agency. While the Wizards may be in the midst of a rebuild this year, Bertans is a better fit for John Wall and Bradley Beal's contention window. 

The key with Bertans this summer is his bird rights. Bird rights allow a team to re-sign a player to any amount without using cap space. After the spending-spree that was the 2019 free agency period, there are about seven teams who could realistically create enough cap space to give Bertans the $12-15 million salary Berants is believed to fetch. The Hawks, Hornets, Cavs, Grizzlies, Knicks, Suns and Trail Blazers. 

Whoever has Bertans on their team at the end of the year will naturally be able to outbid any team on a contract offer since they won't have to use cap space to retain him. That's probably why Mannix believes the Wizards can get at least a first round pick for Bertans and why Tom Haberstroh thinks the Wizards' asking price might be too high to get a deal done. 

Contenders can get desperate at the deadline though, especially for the kind of shooting and bench scoring a player like Bertans can provide. If the Wizards are comfortable keeping Bertans and dealing with the uncertainty of free agency, they can sit back and wait for a team to offer everything they want and more. 

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