In hindsight, Kevin Durant's tenure in Golden State really did change the league forever. Suddenly, the idea of stars teaming up with each other became more than a rare or occasional spectacle -- it was a reality that had the NBA at the mercy of the Warriors for at least three years.
When Kevin Durant departed, the era of superteams had been exhausted, and a new one was born.
The changing landscape and dramatic shift in power truly demonstrate how much Durant and the Warriors accomplished in their time. And upon Durant's departure from the Warriors, his running mate, and friend, Steph Curry, flew in an attempt to see him. No to convince him to come back, but to thank him for sharing the moment.
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"I knew full well it was decision time, whatever way he was going to go,” Curry told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson at the American Century Golf Championship celebrity tournament about his meeting with Durant.
“There was no need to pitch. He knows what we’re about and what we accomplished. He just had to make a decision that makes him happy. That’s what everybody wants to do in this league. It was more about a respect factor, not letting the BS of this league get in the way of our relationship, and not let it change who I am or anything like that. I feel like he just knew what he wanted. And at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for as a player.”
At the end of the day, it was all about respect. Durant could not be recruited, not even by Curry. So when the 2x MVP traveled via air to talk to his free agent teammate, it was to show respect to the three years they had together and mark the end of their dynastic run in the proper way.
As 31-year-old Steph continues his remarkable career, he will have to do so without Kevin Durant. But if you ask the Baby-Faced Assassin what he'd change after all these years, it probably wouldn't be a thing.