Charles Barkely has some social media advice for Kevin Durant

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There's little doubt that virtually the entire NBA is trying to give Kevin Durant some advice as free agency reaches fever pitch this week.

However, NBA legend and now panelist Charles Barkley isn't trying to tell Durantula where he should be suiting up next term, instead, he's got some social media advice for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward.

The hottest free agent on the open market has a chequered history with social media and Twitter in particular. He's threatened to abandon the platform on several occasions, but those threats have proved fruitless at the time of writing.

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As frustrating as KD might find the whole Twitter experience, he has given us some golden moments on the site. A list of his old tweets was dug out of the archives earlier today and it makes amusing reading, to put it lightly.

Still, away from the 27-year-old's views on 'the club', the four-time scoring champion has engaged in a fair few arguments with his followers down the years too.

This appears to be where Barkley feels the need to intervene. Talking to Sports Illustrated, the former Rockets star suggested Durant does not need to lower himself to the attention seekers on Twitter, however infuriating and provocative they may be.

“I saw Kevin Durant arguing with people not too long ago,” Barkley said. ‘Kevin Durant is a great, great player and great guy.

“So some kid he played against in high school made a thing that he kicked all of these NBA guys' butts in high school and he put KD in there. Meanwhile, this guy is like a plumber,” he added.

Barkley continued: “So, Kevin Durant and this guy are arguing with each other and I am reading this in a newspaper thinking, ‘Dude, you are Kevin Durant. Why are you arguing with a plumber? (There’s nothing wrong with being a plumber, I might add) but you are Kevin Durant!’

"Same thing with RGIII and Colin Kaepernick. I’m like, ‘Dudes, why are you arguing with someone on the internet?’ I always use this analogy when it comes to sports fans: Just because you watch Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you can perform an operation.”

Now, it's worth mentioning that Barkley does not have an account on Twitter and probably does not understand how easy it is to get into it with a keyboard warrior on there.

Having said that, what he's saying makes sense. Durant, or any other NBA star for that matter, has nothing to gain from giving his attention-seeking 'haters' the brief limelight they crave.

KD might just enjoy a good old fashioned debate, who knows? If he does indeed decide to leave the Thunder in free agency, it might be a good idea to take a little Twitter sabbatical.

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