Stephen Curry responds to Kevin Durant’s comments about Warriors’ system, not being fully embraced
Stephen Curry responded to recent comments from his former teammate Kevin Durant, who told WSJ. Magazine about his departure from the Golden State Warriors and his decision to join the Brooklyn Nets in the summer. Among the deciding factors, Durant listed feeling that “nobody could get a full acceptance of me there” due to his many accolades and his star reputation, which wasn’t forged in home soil like Curry’s, Klay Thompson’s, and Draymond Green’s.
“I mean, that’s tough,” Curry told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “There’s so many narratives that go on, especially when you’re at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors — that’s gonna happen. I think he knows, you know, what we were about as teammates, what we were about as friends on and off the court. And again, nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end of the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision and however he wants to explain that — that’s just what’s gonna happen.”
Curry responded similarly to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, when she asked about Durant’s comments about the Warriors’ playbook being limited to a point. Durant argued that “the motion offense we run in Golden State, it only works to a certain point” — citing that it’s good enough to get the team through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but the need to explore isolation and generating his own offense to really win a championship in the Western Conference Finals and the NBA Finals.
“Well, I don’t– care what plays we ran,” said Curry in response. “We won two championships. And at the end of the day, we had a lotta talent and there was an expectation of us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn’t always perfect, but I think in terms of, you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I’d rather have some championships too.”
Durant’s comments come off with a sting of regret, but there’s very little regrets from Curry, who added two championships to his resume during his three years playing next to Durant along with a bevy of experiences.