Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant: 'Steph Curry is the face of the franchise'

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Kevin Durant: 'Steph Curry is the face of the franchise'

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When Kevin Durant signed on to join the Warriors before the 2016-17 season, chatter started up on if he would become of the new face of the franchise. Just ask Durant himself though, and he'll turn right to the two-time MVP. 

“Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and that helps me out, because I don't have to,” Durant said to GQ Magazine.

In Golden State, Durant can take a step back and do everything as a collective whole with all the Warriors' star power. And that includes being a leader. 

“I don't want to have to be the leader. I'm not a leader," Durant said. "I'm bad at saying, ‘Stand behind me and follow me.’ No. I'm one of those guys that's just like, ‘Let's do this shit together. Let's just work everybody together. I don't mind being on the front line with you, but let's come and do it together.’"

Don't think that means Durant shys away from a leadership role. It's just not in the same way as Curry and Draymond Green, among others, and Durant certainly appreciates he can just be who he is. 

"That's my way of leadership. I'm leading by example.”

Since joining the Warriors, Durant has been named an All-Star and won his first championship and NBA Finals MVP, all while averaging 25 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Durant: 'I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol'

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Durant: 'I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol'

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The shot will forever be remembered in Warriors history. Scratch that, the shot will forever be remembered in NBA history. 

“I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol," Kevin Durant said to GQ Magazine. "Somebody that I really, really, really followed since I was a ninth-grade high schooler. I felt like he was passing the torch to me.”

With 52 second left in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and the Warriors trailing the Cavaliers, 113-111, Kevin Durant grabbed a rebound from an errant 3-point attempt. He dribbled down the left-side of the court and squared up LeBron James behind the 3-point line with 47 second left. 

Swish. At 45.7 seconds, the ball perfectly went through the net and gave the Warriors a 114-113 lead. Game. Set. Match. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals and went on to win it all in five games. 

“That was the best moment I ever had," Durant said. 

Durant went on to win NBA Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Durant applauds Kyrie for making 'basketball move' in trade request

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Durant applauds Kyrie for making 'basketball move' in trade request

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Kevin Durant understands the scrutiny Kyrie Irving has faced. 

Irving was blasted by many for requesting a trade away from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year, Durant went through the same with his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. 

"He chose the basketball route," Durant said to reporters Wednesday night after a Golden State Warriors practice. "He chose to go somewhere where he's going to maximize his basketball skills."

Through his first 14 games with the Celtics, Irving is averaging 20.6 points and 5.2 assists per game. 

"He made a basketball move, and that's the most respected move is to keep it at ball. So, he's playing his best basketball," Durant continued.

Headed into Thursday night's game, the Warriors (11-3) and Celtics (13-2) are the two hottest teams in basketball. The Celtics own a 13-game win streak after starting the season off with two straight losses. 

"He's stepped into a leadership role and this team has taken off because of him," Durant says on Irving and the Celtics.