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Kevin Durant says he’s deleting Twitter from his phone

Jul 31, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

Kevin Durant Kevin Durant

Now you’ve done it.

(And by you, I mean people like us.)

Kevin Durant, bombarded with questions about signing with his hometown Wizards in 2016, wants to quiet the noise.

Darren Rovell of ESPN:

You said yesterday that every time you go on Twitter and Instragram, people are needling you about going back to the Wizards. Bother your or a part of life?

Durant:

It’s a part of it. I’m just going to delete my Twitter from my phone now, because I don’t want to take my focus off.

Rovell:

Is that a joke, or no?

Durant:

That’s real. That’s not a joke.

It’s unclear whether Durant is using his phone to delete his Twitter account or deleting the Twitter app on his phone and leaving his account – and ability to use it from a computer – in tact.

As of this morning, Durant’s Twitter account was still up, but the last tweet:

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I’ve been a huge LeBron fan since 2007 or so… so I “witnessed” what happened in 2010 where the speculation was just non-stop about what LeBron would do in free agency. It became a huge distraction that year and kind of ruined the playoffs for me as a fan. Then, in 2014, there was almost no talk at all about LeBron. Then we were all shocked when he actually changed teams.

    Now I see the same pattern emerging with Kevin Durant. Why?! What is it that gets this train rolling with some guys in certain years and not others? Can we prevent it right now? Let’s all just shut up about it already.

    • kindasporty - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      First step would be not clicking or commenting on the article. As long as people do that, it’s going to be written about.

    • convincedofthehex - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      All he has to do is tell the world he will re-sign in OKC and it’s over, otherwise……let the speculation begin.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        True, but even if Durant wants to stay for the rest of his career, it’s wise for him to be coy about his intentions since it puts pressure on ownership to pony up and potentially dip into the luxury tax to surround him with more talent.

        If Durant says that no matter what, he’s staying, then ownership can take it for granted that he’s staying, and he can’t pressure them to add more pieces.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Because nobody has ever changed their mind.

      • muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        He probably doesn’t want to stay with OKC with that damb cheap ownership.. who in their right mind would?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      The difference is how the previous 2-3 years went.

      For the Cavs, it was year after year of frustration for LeBron after he led the team to the Finals as a young player in 2007. That was the leadup to the Decision in 2010. In 2014, LeBron was coming off 4 Finals appearances with 2 wins, so it was less obvious that he would leave. Like many, I thought he’d sign a deal with the Heat that would allow him to potentially head back to Cleveland in 2 years, so it was far from clear that LeBron would leave.

      For the Thunder, it’s been year after year of frustration for KD after he led the team to the Finals as a young player in 2012. This is the leadup to KD’s decision in 2016. If OKC wins a championship, I think he stays, but if they keep falling short with ownership that refuses to pay the luxury tax, Durant might choose to leave.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Enjoy it. It’s part of the entertainment.

  2. RavenzGunnerz - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    We want to know. We want to know. He gets paid to answer questions from us…

    Seriously, NBA is league like no other. The fans are sooo attached to their players, (which is a good thing), than any other league… So, don’t blame us. What does KD want? us to hate him?

    It’s like marriage. We want to know.

    • paleihe - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      He doesn’t get paid to answer your questions.

      He gets paid to win games and put butts in seats, that’s it.

  3. hwatt - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    bet he wishes he didn’t have all those followers now huh. I think celebrities need to get used to two accounts, one for the general public, and then a private filled with the handful of real friends who aren’t going to bother you all the time.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Agreed.

      From what it sounds like, he’s keeping his account but removing the app from his phone, meaning he can only access it if he logs onto Twitter through its website, likely from a computer.

      That way, he doesn’t get alerts directly to his phone, and it’s easier to go several days at a time without checking it.

  4. drfeelyouup - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    You don’t delete Twitter, you uninstall the app.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      challenge accepted

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      You don’t delete Twatter. Twatter deletes you.

  5. jmblosser82 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    A lot can happen between now and then. At least wait till next year to speculate.

  6. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    When KD comes the Cavs, and Wizards rivalry would be fun as f*** to watch it’s going to be fun to see them now too but wait till 2016

    • cruzan80 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      “When KD comes the Cavs”

      I couldnt even get past that line to read the rest….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • cruzan80 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        You know what…I should have read the rest.

        My bad! I actually agree with you….LOL!

      • spursareold - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I think he’s speculating on a potential Cavs/Wiz rivalry with LeBron, not that KD would go tot he Cavs. I probably would have said:

        “When KD comes to DC, the Cavs, and Wizards rivalry would be fun as f*** to watch. It’s going to be fun to see them now too, but wait until 2016.”

  7. ravenswhat - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    He’s out if okc doesn’t win a title in the next 2 years. That’s a fact. Who will have the best backcourt in the NBA by 2016? The Wizards.

    • spursareold - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      I think he leaves, regardless. Their owner is too cheap to put good players around him. They won’t even pay their first round draft pick, so they draft a second round talent and they’re signing him to their d-league affiliate? WTF?

      • usavebob - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Westbrook, Ibaka, Jakson and Adams are quite a core… and they will have to pay Jackson to stay. Power ratings, for what they are worth still unanimously maintain Thunder at #2.

      • muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        usavebob…. I’m sorry but Adams has no game, he’s unproductive and pretty much worthless. I have no idea what a random commentor here and there sees about him.

        And Jackson is your average run-of-the-mill role player, there are many players of his caliber available every summer for teams.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      He might be out even if OKC does win a title in the next 2 years.

  8. scrp2 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    This is so Jay-Z will stop DM’ing him.

  9. azarkhan - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Who are the morons who wet their pants over what Kevin Durant is going to do two years from now? Who cares? Besides, nobody knows, including Kevin Durant. Get a life.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I think KD has some idea.

  10. logicalcomment - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    i hope he leaves just cuz owner is too cheap ! he doesn’t deserve KD

    • campcouch - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      this sounds like something my wife’s stank friend used to say to her about me hahaha

  11. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Durant, Wall, Beal…Yeah, people would pay to see that.

  12. muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    If the OKC Thunder continue being severely mud cheap, you can bet every dollar in your piggy bank that Durant leaves Oklahoma City (he probably wants to leave before 2016)…. you can’t blame him

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