A lot has been said since Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets at the beginning of free agency. Even though KD had a marvelous time with the Dubs, talking about collective success, he wasn’t very comfortable during his stay in the Bay, leaving the franchise because he reportedly didn’t feel appreciated.
To make things worse, a recent report stated that KD stopped talking to his teammates in the middle of the season.
“There was a point with Kevin Durant when he just stopped talking to his teammates,” Chris Haynes said during an appearance on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “After the Draymond stuff went down and then the New York Knicks chatter started going haywire, Durant just stopped talking.”
To that, many have reacted, with some trying to find an explanation to why Durant just stopped communicating with his teammates, breaking what once was a strong bond between them. One of those who wanted to give their take was Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharpe, who tried to break down why Durantula distanced himself from his teammates.
“No matter what he had done, KD hit two of the biggest shots in Golden State franchise history and still he was not as popular at the Bay as Steph Curry. He won the two Finals MVP over who many thought was the best player in the NBA, LeBron James’ Cavaliers team and still he was not thought universally as the best player in the NBA, so he had come to the conclusion, ‘no matter what I do, I’m not going to get the praise, I’m not going to get the adulation and the credit that I deserve here in the Bay’. And KD has made it abundantly clear, he didn’t do that leadership thing, he wants to play basketball and that’s why he goes to Golden State and that’s why a lot of people in OKC thought Russ was the leader.”
Then he explained how KD felt good to have three big players with him in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, so he could just focus on basketball, as well as pointing out the way LeBron James managed things when he left Cleveland to join Miami and then when he left Miami to go back to Cleveland, stating that he never stopped talking to any of his teammates.
“After that second championship, David West said something. He said: ‘guys, you don’t know what was going on in this locker room,’ we were like ‘what are you talking about?’ because he didn’t expand on it, but now we’re starting to see what he was actually talking about.
“We know KD hears everything. He hit big shot after big shot after big shot and he still couldn’t surpass Steph Curry. Don’t let KD tell you that didn’t bother him.”
Even though he was great on the court, Durant lived very difficult moments with the Warriors. Now, he’s ready to start a new chapter in his career with the Brooklyn Nets, where he expects to receive all the love he didn’t get in Oakland.