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Why it was harder for Kevin Durant to leave Thunder than Warriors

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Why it was harder for Kevin Durant to leave Thunder than Warriors

Kevin Durant is no stranger to making life-altering decisions.

Back in 2016, Durant stunned the world when he chose to say goodbye to the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Warriors. Three years and two NBA championships later, Durant once again packed up his stuff and moved, this time trading in the Bay Area for the glitz and glamour of New York, joining the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year contract. 

Durant has lived a privileged basketball life. Arguably the most gifted scorer in NBA history, Durant has played alongside Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Klay Thompson. KD came of age in OKC, contending for titles alongside Westbrook and Harden. He then became a champion with the Warriors, helping compile the most talented starting five in NBA history. 

Now that he's a Net, it's fair to ask: Was it harder to leave OKC or Golden State?

For Durant, the answer comes quick and without hesitation.

"Oh, leaving OKC for sure," Durant told Serge Ibaka on Bleacher Report's "How Hungry Are You?" "I mean, I spent eight years there. I built my family there. You know what I'm saying? My whole family lived out there. I done bought houses and did everything there, you know what I'm saying? Like grew up as -- in my 20s. So, it was hard to leave that place and leave like all the equipment guys -- everybody there, the support staff and obviously my teammates. Well, they understood.

"I figured y'all would understand because that's just business, but, like, the other people, I felt a way about and it took me a while to make the decision."

After a season of rumors and speculation, Durant chose to leave the Warriors for the Nets instead of the Knicks. In the end, the decision to leave the Warriors came down to one thing: He could. 

"I mean, it was another opportunity for me to play for another team," Durant told Ibaka of the move. "It wasn't that big of a deal. You know what I'm saying? It was just like, 'I wanna play for the Nets.' It's on the East Coast, close to home, the Nets are solid and it's New York City. I could pick my game up and ply anywhere, so I just did it."

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Durant is expected to sit out the entire season as he rehabs from rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Ibaka and the Raptors. The Warriors, on the other hand, are getting ready to open their season Thursday when they welcome Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in the opener at Chase Center. 

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Kevin Durant says he forgives Raptors fans, but Warriors fans are better

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Kevin Durant says he forgives Raptors fans, but Warriors fans are better

"Y'all would have been so shook."

Kevin Durant knows what he left behind with the Warriors.

"Yeah man, it was fun," Durant said in an interview on Serge Ibaka's show, "How Hungry Are You?" 

The ten-time All-Star went on to compliment how unstoppable the team's offense was along with the defense that he spent two seasons with. But the major admiration went toward the fans.

"And we played in front of the best fans in the league at that point," Durant said. "Better than Toronto fans."

Ibaka, who has spent the past three seasons with the Raptors, disagreed.

"Put some respect on them," Ibaka told Durant. 

Durant agreed, but his experience was a unique one with Dubs fans.

"But the fans, though, that's different," Durant explained. "I respect the fans, but the Warriors fans are better."

Durant did say he forgives the Raptors fans for appearing to cheer as he hit the floor with an Achilles injury, but there was no contest on who he was loyal to.

[RELATED: Durant explains why Warriors would have beaten Raptors]

You can watch the entire wide-ranging interview here

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Kevin Durant compares himself to Steph Curry, Klay Thompson as shooter

Kevin Durant compares himself to Steph Curry, Klay Thompson as shooter

It seemed wild at the time and it will be even crazier years from now. The Warriors really might have had the three best shooters in the NBA all on the same team in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. 

But, who's the best of the best out of that sharpshooting trio? Now that KD no longer is teammates with the Splash Brothers, he took a crack at answering the question. 

"Steph," Durant said without hesitation to Raptors center Serge Ibaka on the premiere of "How Hungry Are You?" 

But KD needed some clarification. Did Ibaka mean the current crop of Warriors or was his former Thunder teammate talking about when Durant played for Golden State? 

"Steph's the best shooter, and it's the prettiest," Durant said. "Klay, when he gets hot, I've never seen someone get that scorching hot before. But Steph is the best shooter." 

The two-time Finals MVP had to take it a step further with he and former point guard, though. 

"I'm probably like 1-A and Steph's probably 1-A2," he said. "I'm a little bit above Steph. He's just like a tiny bit under me." 

The comment clearly was all in good fun, and Durant said Curry is a better player than Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook later in the show. For comparison's sake, Steph and KD have two of the sweetest strokes of all time. 

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Curry has shot 47.7 percent from the field for his career and a ridiculous 43.6 percent from 3-point range. Durant has been more efficient from the field at 49.3 percent while making 38.1 percent of his shots from long distance. 

When it's all said and done, it forever will be wild these three players shared the same court with the Warriors. 

Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!