When Kevin Durant made his decision in 2016, it shocked the world. Not only had Durant left the city of Oklahoma behind, but he had done it to join a 73 win team that beat him in the playoffs just months earlier.
It was a move that turned a lot of folks against him. But almost three seasons later, en-route to a third straight Championship, KD says he has no regrets, even despite what he had to give up.
“I’m from Washington, D.C. I went to Oklahoma City for eight years. Out of nowhere, I went to the Bay for three years,” Durant told The Athletic. “I’ve been roaming my whole life. I never had no stable environment. Ever. Ever. Since I woke up. I sacrificed a lot of s— to be here and to change my game up to be with these guys. And it was worth it.”
The 10x All-Star knew the nouse that would come with joining the Dubs, only he did not care enough to let it alter his decision.
“I came here knowing for a fact, that every media member, every fan was going to call me every name in the book for however long I was here and I was going to take the brunt of everything. I knew coming here,” Durant said. “But I wanted to be a part of this so bad, I didn’t give a f— . Same with LeBron. He took all of that heat, no matter what.”
“I enjoy the way they played basketball. I never played with shooters like that. That moved. That were versatile players. I wanted to be a part of that,” Durant added. “My game was talking to me. Not that other s—. The spirit of the game was talking to me. Not the spotlight or the fame that comes from being the best player. Not the legacy. I swear on my life, that don’t mean nothing to me. How I build myself up in this NBA life, it doesn’t mean anything to me. I just want to play great basketball every second I’m on the court, and that was a perfect opportunity for me to do so.”
Take those comments as you wish, but it almost sounds like a goodbye speech.
As KD approaches what is sure to be a dramatic offseason, he will have to make a critical choice about the next step of his basketball future. So far, everything is still up in the air.
But, at the very least, Durant has to be thinking about the possibility this could be his last season in a Warriors jersey.