Dirk says Durant shouldn’t be ‘sensitive’ about social-media disses

Dirk Nowitzki doesn't understand why Kevin Durant continues to respond to criticism on social media.

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks was a star in the NBA long before social media became the rage for players to not only express opinions, but to also get involved in arguments and disagreements.

Outspoken, at least since he defected from Oklahoma City to join a record-setting 73-win team in Golden State, Kevin Durant got into a Twitter debate with C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers. Nowitzki, while appearing on the Dan Patrick Podcast, gave his take on the situation.

“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.”

Nowitzki believes Durant, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player the last two seasons, should take the high road when situations such as the one with McCollum pop up.

“I’m not sure why KD feels the need to respond to some of the stuff,” Nowitzki said. “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.”