The Thunder received some bulletin board material from an unlikely source after a 107-100 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Houston rookie Royce White, who has yet to make his NBA debut after spending months engaged in a dispute with management over the treatment of his mental health, took a jab at Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant on Twitter Wednesday night.
"Y'all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAABYY," White wrote to Durant.
@kdtrey5... Y'all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAABYY. #RedNation
— Royce White (@Highway_30) May 2, 2013
That tweet followed another one: "That Thunder team just looked shook."
Those messages prompted a number of replies to White suggesting that his comments lacked substance given that he has isn't currently playing for the Rockets. White laughed off that line of and defended his right to speak his mind.
"It's ALOT of tough B-BALL fans on [Twitter]," he wrote. "I'm a spectator right now, I'll say whatever the f--- I want. Swing when you see me. ... Do [people] ACTUALLY think if they tweet enough I'm going to change? 'Never change when you're winning.' Say what I want... Freedom of speech."
White, the No. 16 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, panic attacks and a fear of flying. He was suspended in January for failing to report to the Rockets' D-League team as he worked towards a resolution regarding treatment of his mental health. He was reinstated in late-January when team and player agreed to add an addendum to his contract addressing his needs.
In March, White prepared to leave his D-League assignment, saying that he was shutting down his season, before later returning. Also in March, White said that he believes executives with the NBA league office and the Rockets "want me gone" from the NBA because his campaigning for mental health awareness wasn't convenient to their business.
Durant hasn't posted on his account since April 23 and hasn't replied to White's comments. The four-time All-Star is leading the NBA in scoring during the postseason at 33.6 points per game. He finished with 36 points (on 11-for-23 shooting), seven rebounds and seven assists in 45 minutes on Wednesday. The Thunder now lead the Rockets 3-2 in their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Game 6 is set for Friday in Houston.