Kevin Durant developed a strong relationship with Steve Nash while both were members of the Warriors' organization. That relationship surely played a key role in Nash recently being named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but Durant wants it known that he didn't make the final call on the hiring decision (h/t New York Post).
"First of all, I didn’t pick the Nets coach," Durant said Saturday on the Joe Budden podcast. "We’ve got people in place that do that. I just supported it: Me and Kyrie (Irving). We’re always on the same page. He’s just a hooper. It doesn’t matter."
Durant, of course, signed with the Nets in free agency last offseason, but sat out the entirety of the current season while recovering from a torn Achilles sustained in Game 5 of the Warriors' 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors. He has been reunited with Nash in Brooklyn, and is on pace to return to the court at the start of next season -- whenever that might be.
"I’m in a stage now where we’re just hooping every day," Durant added. "I feel good waiting for next season to get back."
"I’m working out every day. I feel like myself, like a player,” he continued. "I’ve got a long ways to go, though."
Durant explained that he currently is in Los Angeles, working out with several of his Nets teammates. Warriors fans are well aware that any team with Durant on it can't be dismissed from championship contention, but he stopped short of making any proclamations.
"I don’t know," he said, "we’re going to see."