Kevin Durant's departure from the Warriors took the NBA community by storm. More shock than anything else, people just could not understand why he would leave the Warriors for Brooklyn.
Essentially, he explained it all in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in early September.
“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted,” Durant said in an interview the Wall Street Journal. “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, 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 felt distant from the team like he was an alien who did not quite belong. It is an interesting comment, and definitely true in some sense. Nevertheless, Curry came back with a response.
“I mean, that’s tough,” Curry told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “There’s so many narratives that go on, especially when you’re at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors — that’s gonna happen. I think he knows, you know, what we were about as teammates, what we were about as friends on and off the court. And again, nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end of the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision and however he wants to explain that — that’s just what’s gonna happen.”
Curry does not seem sold on Durant's ideas. To him, it's just blowing smoke to create a divide between himself and his former team. The Warriors' teammates and the organization did everything they could for Durant. They welcomed him with open arms.
Even if KD did not feel accepted as a member of the Dubs, it was not by the team's own doing.
Either way, it's all a thing of the past now.