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Steve Kerr Recalls His First Dinner With Kevin Durant And Stephen Curry: "I Was At The Other Table With The Coaches And I Was Looking Over There, Like, ‘How Cool Is This? This Is The Beginning.'”

Steve Kerr Recalls His First Dinner With Kevin Durant And Stephen Curry: "I Was At The Other Table With The Coaches And I Was Looking Over There, Like, ‘How Cool Is This? This Is The Beginning.'”

The Golden State Warriors pulled off a big move in the summer of 2016, shortly after they lost the NBA championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a dramatic way, the organization decided to add a big piece to bounce back and become the dynasty of the second part of the 2010s. 

In free agency, the Dubs secured the signing of Kevin Durant, which instantly placed them as championship favorites for that season. KD would win two championships with the Dubs in three trips to the Finals, before leaving in 2019 for the Brooklyn Nets. 

As soon as he landed in the Bay to join forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, people knew that the Warriors had something special in their hands. Talking with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, Steve Kerr recalled how he realized that things were going to be great for them. 

It was the first dinner of the squad with Durant on it. He constantly checked on KD's interactions with Curry, realizing that it was the beginning of something great for the squad. 

Kerr got a look in his eye this week when he was telling me about this meal, which happened three months Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors and a few weeks before his first regular-season game with his new team. The Warriors would go on to win two championships and lose in the Finals going for a third, and then Durant would leave the team. In October 2016, there was so much yet to come.

When Kerr talks about this moment now, he is seeing all of it: flashback and flash-forward.

“It was the first team meal we had when Kevin came,” Kerr recalled. “We were in Denver for a preseason game. And we sat there, the baseball playoffs were on, so we were watching a playoff game.

“Kevin and Steph sat there for close to three hours and just got to know each other. I was at the other table with the coaches and I was looking over there, like, ‘How cool is this? This is the beginning.'”

Kerr was right, as the Warriors solidified their status as the best team in the league, winning three championships in five years, and losing twice in the Finals. KD proved to be a huge part of their success, leading them to win back-to-back Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers, losing just one game. 

Unfortunately, this partnership ended up in 2019 and KD went to the East coast, joining the Nets, where he's failed to make the same impact and have the same success he had in Oakland.