After three historic seasons with the Warriors, Kevin Durant shocked the world by announcing his departure from the team early this summer. For reasons folks did not understand, Durant made the move to Brooklyn, where he will prepare for a return to action in 2020.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Durant finally revealed what it was that pulled him away from the dynasty.
“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted. But I’ll never be one of those guys. I didn’t get drafted there.…”
“Steph Curry, obviously drafted there. Andre Iguodala, won the first Finals, first championship. Klay Thompson, drafted there. Draymond Green, drafted there. And the rest of the guys kind of rehabilitated their careers there. So me? Shit, how you going to rehabilitate me? What you going to teach me? How can you alter anything in my basketball life? I got an MVP already. I got scoring titles.”
“As time went on,” he says, “I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys. It’s not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could get a full acceptance of me there.”
Durant saw what kind of culture the Warriors set even back in OKC. It was that culture and the community in the locker room that lured in KD.
But because of who KD was before he arrived, he was never fully accepted when he did. He was not molded by the team, he did not forge his legacy with the franchise. Instead, he helped the team forge theirs — and was an outsider because of it. In Brooklyn, he hopes the community will embrace him there in ways they never truly did back in Golden State.