Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson has a long comeback mission ahead of him this season and a very different team to return to, yet the cult icon has no hard feelings after Kevin Durant chose to leave for the Brooklyn Nets this summer.
“It was no hard feelings, man. I know Kevin,” Thompson told Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “It sucks because we go from the most dominant team ever to — a really good team, but that’s still a big drop-off, you know. I just enjoyed playing with him, man. It’s fun to play with him every day. He’s such a hard worker and he’s fun to watch. He really is just a great basketball player. I’ll miss that.”
Durant at times was taken for granted by fans who constantly saw his great all-around arsenal on a daily basis, but Thompson argued it takes hard work to be that great on a consistent basis.
“He cares. That’s what makes him so good,” said Thompson of Durant. “He’s passionate about what he does — just because he’s so gifted and people see how naturally gifted he is, they don’t realize how much he cares and how much work he puts in. I saw him work so hard every day. You don’t do that if you don’t have a passion and care for what you do.”
Thompson, who is expected to return around the All-Star break, will come back to a very different-looking team as a result of the carnage left by Durant's sign-and-trade — a whole new roster besides the familiar faces of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney. His fit upon returning from injury will possibly make or break the Warriors' playoff chances.