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Kevin Durant reveals why he chose the Warriors during free agency

Surprisingly candid in his reasoning, Durant says he was looking for validation for what appeared (from most observers) to be evident greatness.


Kahron Spearman


In The Athletic's thorough oral history of Golden State landing superstar forward Kevin Durant, the former league MVP openly discussed how and why he decided to sign with the Warriors in 2016.

 

Surprisingly candid in his reasoning, Durant says he was looking for validation for what appeared (from most observers) to be evident greatness.

At that time in my career, I didnt know how other people felt about my game. And I knew that I was pretty damn good and I knew I worked extremely hard, but I needed that validation from my peers and teams and GMs, people that are really into the game, to really help me feel good about myself and help me feel confident and let me know that what I was doing was working. So when they all came, and they all put stuff to the side to come to the meeting, I was like, man, this is amazing. Best team in the league, some of the best players, most accomplished players want me on their team and want what I do, what I bring to the table. It was pretty cool, you know what Im saying?

Kevin Durant
Forward, Golden State Warriors

"Because I'm looking at this whole basketball thing from a kids perspective," Durant said. "I'm still excited, I'm still learning. So to have that much love in the room for how I play basketball, thats cool. They'll get to know me as a person, I was confident with that. But the basketball side, I was, like, man it's pretty damn cool that people enjoy the way I play and want me to play with them."

The big question, however, was why (then reigning MVP) Stephen Curry was on-board with Durant joining the team, given he had the most to lose in terms of perception. 

 

GM Bob Myers believes Curry (and Klay Thompson) having grown up around NBA atmosphere helped in his ability to accept talent without the perception of threat.

 

"I just knew he was going to ask that question," said Curry. "It was more so, we have a very dope chemistry on our team and hes a guy, based on my experience playing against him and playing with him on Team USA stuff, that he would fit right in from a culture standpoint."

 

"And that it wasn't really about pissing contests," he added. "At the end of the day, if you want to play for a great team and have fun playing basketball, this would be a great place for you."

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