Kevin Durant‘s decision to join the Golden State Warriors was based on a set of different factors, one of them was how the Thunder kept adding young pieces to the roster while other teams acquired veterans with championship experience.

Dion Waiters, Enes Kanter and Steven Adams were some of the young bucks that got plenty of run during the season and postseason, with Durant and Russell Westbrook becoming the senior citizens of the team.

“Where other teams went out and got that veteran guy, we kept getting younger,” Durant told Rolling Stone’s Paul Solotaroff.

Another thing that added to his angst was feeling betrayed by the team after nine seasons with the franchise.

“For nine years, he refused to speak a word against that team – he loved those guys and that city,” said his mother, Wanda Durant, who’s been his best friend and confidante since the start of his basketball journey at the ripe age of eight. “But this summer he said, ‘Mama, I can’t do it anymore. They’re not in this thing with me, we’re not together like we were – I feel like I need something different.’ ”

After a heart-breaking loss to the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, things starting coming together for Durant, ultimately deciding to leave Oklahoma City.