Kevin Durant exit a chance for Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green to show what ‘they can do again’
While losing Kevin Durant was a huge blow for the Golden State Warriors, general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers remains optimistic that the original ‘Big 3’ of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will keep the team competing for championships.
In his interview with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami, Myers said that with Durant’s departure, Steph, Klay and Dray will now have the chance to do ‘what they do best’ for the Warriors.
“I’d love to have Kevin back; we wanted him back,” Myers shared. “And that would’ve been great — ushering in the new arena. It’s a heckuva team and they would’ve been pretty fun to see. Fortunately, we got to see it for three years.
“But when he left … I look at it like letting Steph, Klay and Draymond see what they can do again, so to speak, is what they deserve. Not me and you — them. … They’ve earned that, right? A lot of times, you say, oh, keep those guys together. It’s rare that those guys, so to speak, were part of three championships. Let them see what they can do. Let them see what that is.”
Before Durant joined the Warriors in 2016, the Dubs have already won a championship and have gone to the Finals twice with Curry, Thompson and Green leading the way. The three have always been the faces of the franchise, and that never changed even with KD’s arrival.
Of course, that is not a knock on Durant, who was obviously the Dubs’ best player during his three-year tenure with the team. But no one can deny the fact that even with him gone, a healthy Golden State team is still pretty good.
Sure enough, the Warriors didn’t only lose Durant but also Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston — two players who were significant parts of their championship teams. However, as long as their original core is intact, Myers have all the reason to be positive about their future.