Warriors news: Kevin Durant questioned move to Golden State soon after the decision
The Golden State Warriors look poised to put together another dominant run during the 2017-2018 NBA season. The Warriors managed to re-sign Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and Javale McGee while also adding Omri Casspi and Nick Young in free agency.
However, perhaps the most important signing for Golden State this summer was locking up Kevin Durant for another two years. Durant was not expected to sign elsewhere, but his commitment to the Bay Area ensures the Warriors will be a force for the foreseeable future.
However, in an interview with Jon Steinberg of San Francisco Magazine, the small forward revealed he had some regrets about joining Golden State:
“(Durant) and Kleiman were in China for a weeklong tour of the country sponsored by Nike Basketball, and the flak he was taking from people in Oklahoma City who had once professed deep affection for him was overwhelming. To have so many people just say, ‘F— you,’ that really does it to you,” Durant tells me, still clearly anguished. “Because I truly had invested everything I had into the people I played for… And for those people that I know and love and trust to turn their back on me after I was fully invested in them, it was just… more than I could take. I was upset.”
Durant was one of the most reviled players in the league after making his decision, but has since quieted his haters. He has settled into his role as the Warriors’ go-to scorer and should once again be a regular season MVP candidate. The
“We were all messed up on jet lag,” Kleiman says, turning to me, “and I was up at 6 a.m. and he calls me and says, ‘Yo, are you up?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, what’s up?’ And he’s like [yelling], ‘Why the f— did you let me do this to my life?’ And I’m like, ‘Ohh s—, I’m coming over to your room.'”
“That hotel was rock bottom,” says Durant.
As things stand now, Golden State should see little to no resistance on the way to a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. With another title shot on hand, Durant should have little remorse for his decision.