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Pierce on Durant: ‘If u can’t beat um ...’

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Kevin Durant led the Thunder to the Western Conference finals this season.Ronald Martinez

For much of Monday morning, the NBA world eagerly watched Twitter, refreshed the Players Tribune website, and scoured online sources for any news of free agent Kevin Durant's decision.

Then, at about 11:39, the news emerged: Durant will join the Golden State Warriors.

Naturally, social media and other online locations became the place fans, media, NBA insiders and others who closely followed Durant's free agency turned to when he made his choice.

"If u can't beat um join um," former Celtic Paul Pierce wrote on Twitter.

Here's a sampling of the commentary on Twitter following Durant's decision.

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.