As one of the most widely scrutinized choices in NBA History, Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors is one that will haint him for the rest of his days… ot will it?
See, even for as much as Durant gets judged for the choice he made two summers ago, it’s a choice that he may not ever regret. Because for him, joining the greatest shooting team ever assembled wasn’t just about how much he could win, it was about how much they cared.
Per The Athletic:
“Everybody looked at me like I was crazy,” Durant said in an interview with The Athletic. “It was just like, ‘Why wouldn’t we? This would be super special.’ I’m like, ‘I want to be part of something super, super special.’ It was just perfect. Everybody was just thinking the same way I was. Just no egos.”
“At that time in my career, I didn’t know how other people felt about my game. And I knew that I was pretty damn good and I knew I worked extremely hard, but I needed that validation from my peers and teams and GMs, people that are really into the game, to really help me feel good about myself and help me feel confident and let me know that what I was doing was working.
So when they all came, and they all put stuff to the side to come to the meeting, I was like, man, this is amazing. Best team in the league, some of the best players, most accomplished players want me on their team and want what I do, what I bring to the table. It was pretty cool, you know what I’m saying?
Because I’m looking at this whole basketball thing from a kid’s perspective. I’m still excited, I’m still learning. So to have that much love in the room for how I play basketball, that’s cool. They’ll get to know me as a person, I was confident with that. But the basketball side, I was, like, man it’s pretty damn cool that people enjoy the way I play and want me to play with them.”
In retrospect, Durant may not have made a complete mistake in signing with the Dubs. While it cost him a great deal of respect, Durant made a call that suited his vision of how basketball should be played in the NBA. In his eyes, a team that encourages each other, sacrifices for each other, and learns from each other is a team that he’d be crazy not to join. And although the fans, the media, and the rest of the NBA may be scorning the idea of KD’s choice now, it’s hard to call him crazy for choosing a situation like that.