Kevin Durant Says The Warriors Losing a 3-1 Series Lead Led Him To Signing With The Team
This past offseason, Kevin Durant shocked the NBA and sports world, not because he left the Oklahoma City Thunder, but because he left to sign with a team that knocked his squad out of the playoffs just one month earlier.
In a recent interview, Durant revealed that the Warriors squandering a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers is what led him to sign with the team.
“[My agent] Rich [Kleiman], who’s here, we were watching Game 7,” Durant told reporters at a ceremony in which the Warriors were presented with the ENCORE Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Well, as it started to unfold, it was, ‘No question, no way could you go to this team.’ And I was just like a kid, like, ‘I’d really like playing with these guys. I’d get wide-open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide-open layups.’ I was basically begging him. I was like, ‘Yo, this would be nice.’”
“As they lost, it became more and more real every day,” Durant said. “You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them, they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about [what would have happened if the Warriors had won the title], because they didn’t get the job done, and they came after me.”
“I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”
Maybe he forgot, but his former team lost a 3-1 series lead as well to those same Warriors.