In the aftermath of a brutal defeat, the Warriors definitely missing Kevin Durant.
After years of dominating with what most called the greatest roster ever assembled, this season is becoming something of a rude awakening for the golden boys. And for what they were at the time, it must have been hard for Durant to leave it all behind, right?
Apparently, it wasn’t any harder than leaving the Thunder.
When asked by his former teammate, Serge Ibaka, which of the two NBA teams was harder to leave, it didn’t take long before Durant gave him an answer.
“Oh, leaving OKC for sure,” Durant told Ibaka. “I mean, I spent eight years there. I built my family there. You know what I’m saying? My whole family lived out there. I done bought houses and did everything there, you know what I’m saying? Like grew up as — in my 20s. So, it was hard to leave that place and leave like all the equipment guys — everybody there, the support staff and obviously my teammates. Well, they understood. I figured y’all would understand because that’s just business, but, like, the other people, I felt a way about and it took me a while to make the decision.”
Serge was Kevin Durant’s teammate back in Oklahoma City until Durant left for the Warriors in 2016. Together, they dominated the West with Russell Westbrook, eventually reaching the NBA Finals where they lost to the Heat.
The point is, Durant grew up there, he helped build that franchise and that city. With the Warriors, it’s not nearly to the same degree. Durant himself said he always felt distant from the team.
So, if Thunder fans are to feel any solace, it should be in the fact that Durant really did have a hard time leaving OKC– more so than the team he won three Championships with.