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Rich Kleiman has no issue with Warriors star Kevin Durant engaging in social media battles

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Kevin Durant’s manager and business partner Rich Kleiman sees no issue with the Golden State Warriors forward engaging on a little back-and-forth in social media.

Durant has been notorious for being the only high-profile hooper willing to engage people on Twitter and Instagram, never missing a chance to defend his name or his beliefs, no matter who is coming at him.

“I love it,” said Kleiman. “Because I know enough to know it doesn’t represent anything more than what it is. Kevin has every right to engage and communicate and have fun and banter, because I think we all do it to a degree, it’s just magnified [for him]. It’s something that he likes to do and I don’t ever want to feel like my position as his manager means that I should have the right to tell him not to do something or tell him he should be a certain way.

“He’s a 30-year-old man who’s built this incredible enterprise for himself. We’ve had honest conversations, but never would I call him and tell him ‘that’s such a bad thing to do for your brand.'”

Most recently, Durant clapped back at Fox Sports 1 personality Chris Broussard for claiming to have long conversations with Durant about his faith and several other things. The four-time scoring champion said Broussard didn’t have his number to begin with, capping any potential response from him.

Durant also doesn’t keep himself from having a little sarcastic fun with someone reacting to one of his reactions. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Durant has built an image of one of the thinnest-skinned players due to his reactionary style of confrontation, but that has been a stark contrast from his first few years in Oklahoma City, where he could have made a Dean’s List and the Honor Roll for discipline, often offering a menu of PR salad with the media.

KD’s interactions with others also have made him gain the feel of a more accessible star, instead of one that often keeps his thoughts to himself.