At 8:38am PT on Monday, July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant announced he was going to sign with the Warriors.
When Durant called the Warriors to notify them of his decision, what did he say?
On Wednesday, Golden State GM Bob Myers shared the following story:
"I think he thought he was gonna play a joke," Myers told ESPN's Russillio and Kanell. "He said, 'I just want to tell you I appreciate you guys coming out and meeting with me.' And then he used the word, 'but.' And I thought 'Oh man, that's too bad.' Because when somebody says something like that and then they go, 'but,' usually what follows the 'but' is 'I'm doing this or I'm staying or I'm going somewhere else.'
"But then he said, 'But, I've decided to come. I want to be a Warrior.' It was a pretty big pivot of emotion because I thought he was calling for the let-down call.
"And then I asked him later. I said, 'What were you doing? You totally fumbled that when you told me you were coming.' And he said, 'I was thinking about messing with you but then I thought forget it.' So it made sense. He kind of started to say something and then just told me what he wanted to do."
Through 56 games, Durant is averaging 25.8 points and 4.9 assists per game.
He is registering career highs in rebounds (8.3), blocks (1.7) and field goal percentage (53.9), while committing a career-low 2.3 turnovers per contest.
Stephen Curry wasn't taking the bait this time. Instead, he decided to fight back.
After the Warriors erased a 22-point halftime deficit to stun the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday, a reported tried to get Curry to talk about a possible NBA Finals matchup with the 76ers just like he had after Thursday's game against the Celtics. It didn't go well for the reporter. Curry wasn't having it.
"Hot takes. You can literally take one line of what I said and and say ‘very, very likely.’ Read the whole comment. I hate when that happens. I stand up here and talk for 45 seconds about that question and you want to take five words that put the Boston Celtics in the Finals. That’s the hype beast. I’ll be more specific next time about how I see the futures that surrounds who’s going to be in the Finals, even us. Whatever," Curry said.
A different reporter asked Curry if the situation frustrated him.
"Yeah, it did because, obviously, it was a question about Boston’s chances and how well they’ve been playing. I literally said they have to beat Cleveland because Cleveland has been there three times in a row. Obviously I made a joke because I haven’t been in Boston in the summer in a while. Probably nice weather. But the video is going crazy, so watch the whole video, watch the whole comment and you’ll get it right," Curry said before leaving the gathering of reporters.
A day after playing 33 minutes against the 76ers, Warriors forward Kevin Durant won't play Sunday against the Nets.
The Warriors announced that Durant is dealing with a left ankle sprain.
Durant finished with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Warriors' 124-116 comeback win over the 76ers.
This will be the second game Durant has missed due to an injury this season. On Nov. 8, Durant sat out against the Timberwolves due to a thigh contusion.
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