Thursday, September 29 2022

The Golden State Warriors achieved a lot of success during Kevin Durant’s time with the organization. He helped lead them to two NBA titles while winning Finals MVP in each of those runs.

Despite all of the results Durant and the Warriors achieved together, they were far from being free of controversy. Between the rift involving Durant and Draymond Green along with the constant speculation about Durant’s future with the organization, there was seemingly always a major story.

In an interview with The Ringer, Durant explained how he feels the media coverage he received as a member of the Warriors was “unfair” by constantly receiving questions about his free agency plans.

“I just think I deserved a little bit more respect than that. I came out here and gave back money, sacrificed my name, and went out here and sacrificed my body every night to be the best that I can be. I just asked for a little bit more respect to wait until after the season than to badger me every day, all year with questions like that,” he says, referring to his free agency. “I thought it was unfair to me and the whole group to even think about anything that was going to happen after the year. It was unprofessional, in my opinion.”

Durant joined the Warriors with the intention of playing elite basketball on a team that deployed a largely unique style. It was a great pairing for both sides, but the understanding was always that it wouldn’t be for the remainder of his career.

In the end, Durant opted to depart the Warriors to team up with Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets using a sign-and-trade in 2019. For the Nets, they went from a feel-good story with D’Angelo Russell as the star to being at the forefront of title contention discussions.

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