Warriors guard Quinn Cook says Kevin Durant is ‘the greatest teammate to ever have’
Kevin Durant, somehow, makes an even more positive impact on his team than you previously thought. As the Golden State Warriors superstar’s road to proving he’s the best player in the NBA was cut short by a calf injury, teammate Quinn Cook showered him with praise for being an exemplary teammate.
“He’s the greatest teammate to ever have,” Golden State’s reserve guard said of Durant, per Mark Medina of The Mercury News.
Such a sentiment wouldn’t have been surprising to hear from one of Durant’s teammates several years ago. During his iconic MVP acceptance speech in 2014, when he called his mother, Wanda Pratt, the “real MVP,” Durant also singled out each and every one of his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates for helping him become worthy of the league’s highest individual honor.
The notion of Durant as a potential locker-room cancer began picking up steam early this season, though, after a heated on-court interaction with Draymond Green evolved into a full-blown, expletive-laden shouting match behind closed doors following a dramatic loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Though little surfaced otherwise throughout the regular season to suggest that Durant had become a negative presence within the Warriors, the team’s buoyant performance and emotions without him over the last two and-a-half games lend credence to the possibility that Golden State’s incumbents might be happier playing without him.
That’s all speculation, of course, and to a man, the Warriors have always indicated otherwise. Even if Durant leaves Golden State this summer in free agency, don’t expect his former teammates to lash out at him publicly. As Cook insists, Durant really is a great teammate.