Kevin Durant’s Father Told Him To ‘Be Selfish’ In Free Agency & ‘Think About Yourself’
Father knows best.
As soon as July 1st opened up the free agency period in the NBA, Kevin Durant faced the biggest decision in his 9-year career: Return to the Oklahoma City Thunder and try once again to defeat the Warriors and face LeBron in the Finals, or leave for a better opportunity to get a ring. Of course, we now know he decided to leave to play with the Warriors instead of playing against them.
Apparently, he got some sound advice from his father. That advice was to be selfish and think about yourself for once in your life.
“For once in your life be selfish and think about yourself,” Wayne Pratt said he told Durant, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. “That’s the only thing I could tell him. And it’s hard for him to do that because that is not in his personality. But sometimes in your growth as a man you have to be selfish and make decisions that are based on him and his future family.”
“It was growth as a man,” Pratt said. “The majority of decisions that were made for Kevin were made by me or his mom. This time it was made by him using all the information that he gathered. He came up with a logical decision. To me as a father and a husband and a man, it was good to see him make a man decision.”
“He woke us all up in the morning saying he knew where he wanted to go,” Pratt said. “We were asleep. He told us he wanted us to go downstairs to talk to him. He said, ‘I want to be a Warrior.’
“I said, ‘Let’s go if that’s what you want to do!’ I said, ‘You understand the backlash that’s going to happen?’ He said, ‘I’m ready for it.’ I was just happy that my son at 27 years old made a man decision. We knew that backlash was going to happen. But that’s what makes America so great. We know that everyone was going to have their view, and I’m fine with that.”
I think Durant listened to him, obviously.