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

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Kevin Durant has once again been caught up in a Twitter storm after recently engaging in a heated back-and-forth with Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum.

In fairness, the Golden State Warriors superstar was defending himself after McCollum made an analogy to criticise his decision to join the dominant Western Conference outfit. 

But Twitter trolls saw this as an opportunity to attack the back-to-back Finals MVP and he couldn't help but respond to many of them. 

Firing back

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2016, KD has often taken to social media to hit back at his critics.

Despite justifying his decision by winning two straight championships, he still seeks some validation and can't ignore some of the comments made about him. 

This is the first time he's had a Twitter feud with a player and it has drawn some interesting reactions across the league. 

The latest to weigh in on Durant's social media activity is Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki. 

In an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, he was asked for his take on the Warriors star's online battles.

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“I don’t follow him on Twitter, but obviously it’s tough not to see what’s going on,” Nowitzki said. “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.”

There's no doubt that Durant has often been told to ignore the critics and hate he receives but for some reason, he chooses not to. 

The 29-year-old went as far as having a burner account to fire back at trolls and defend himself.

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He's only human and has every right to respond but with the success he's had with Golden State since arriving, his play on the court is doing all the talking for him. 

But it doesn't seem like the nine-time All-Star is one to let things slide so this surely won't be the end of his social media wars.

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Dirk Nowitzki
Portland Trail Blazers
Golden State Warriors
Dallas Mavericks
Western Conference
Kevin Durant
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