Kevin Durant fires back at Royce White: ‘Who is that?’

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia (32) during the first half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia (32) during the first half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Following Oklahoma City’s Game 5 loss to Houston, Rockets’ rookie Royce White took to Twitter to talk some trash.

These two tweets, of course, raise a few fairly pertinent questions. First, of course, is who is Royce White in the first place?

Well, if you don’t know the answer then how could you possibly help out Thunder superstar Kevin Durant? Durant was asked about the trash-talking tweets following a Friday morning shoot-around in Houston. Of course, us media types were hoping for something juicy, something along the lines of “We’re going to rip their hearts right out of there chests because we just hate those stinkin’ Rockets so gosh-darn much.”

Instead, we may have gotten something even better: Complete and total ignorance, according to NewsOK.

“Who is that?” Durant asked when asked his reaction to White’s comments.

Durant claimed he wasn’t aware of the comment and then asked again “Who is that?”

“I haven’t seen him on the bench,” Durant said. “I haven’t seen him on the bench. So, I mean, I’m not worried about guys that’s not even in our series. Ain’t that the guy that’s afraid to fly? Well I wish him the best, man, and if I see him next year I’ll let him know who we are.”

White’s totally unnecessary tweets had just about the same affect on the all-everything Durant as a glass of orange juice. It’s there, you take it in and after you feel pretty good, until you forget about it altogether in a minute or two.

As for White himself, the 22-year old out of Iowa State spent most of the year in the D-League with a fear of flying. An anxiety disorder is a very serious thing and we do not want to make fun of it. With that being said, those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, now should they?

Then again, maybe White just enjoys being a fan and watching from home instead of actually playing the game. That’s pretty much how Durant sees things.

“I don’t get fired up off stuff,” Durant said. “I get fired up just by playing this game and enjoying the game. But like I said, I wish him the best. I wish he could have played. I wish he could have really felt this intensity in a playoff game. But I guess watching on TV is better.”

We’re not going to lie, super-high-def flatscreens make the game incredible to watch from the comfort of our own homes.

But there’s a reason why Durant does not pay attention to the general noise of Twitter haters, and it is for exactly that reason — because they’re at home.

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