Recently, the San Francisco Magazine released an interview between Kevin Durant and his agent Rich Kleiman was released which outlined how he felt last off-season after making his decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors. Durant says he was at an extremely low point in his life, and felt alone.
Below are direct quotes from the interview:
Kleiman: “You were f***ed up in China.”
Durant: “That was before I met anybody from the Warriors and dove into the culture. I was basically on my own.”
Kleiman: “It was like you were in between two teams.”
Durant: “I’m telling you, I was f***ed up for a while!”
Kleiman: “We were all messed up on jet lag, and I was up at 6 a.m. and he calls me and says, ‘Yo, are you up?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, what’s up?’ And he’s like [yelling], ‘Why the f*** did you let me do this to my life?’ And I’m like, ‘Ohh s***, I’m coming over to your room.’”
Durant: “That hotel was rock bottom.”
To have so many people just say, ‘F*** you,’ that really does it to you. Because I truly had invested everything I had into the people I played for. … And for those people that I know and love and trust to turn their back on me after I was fully invested in them, it was just … more than I could take. I was upset.
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Durant later went on to say after he absorbed himself in the culture, and NBA stars started to reach out to him he felt much more comfortable. Durant said, “In my profession, that’s the only thing I care about. So when I was talking to Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and they were like, ‘Congrats, man, do your thing,’ and Paul George was like, ‘Congrats, man, I am happy for you,’ and Kevin Love was like, ‘Shoot, do what you gotta do,’ that eased my mind a little bit, because I want that from my peers.”
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