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Kevin Durant didn't leave Warriors because of the media, his agent says

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Why did Kevin Durant choose to leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets?

We have read countless stories over the last 10 months that offer theories or anecdotes or stories behind the rationale.

Rich Kleiman -- KD's friend, agent and business partner -- made a couple things explicitly clear during a recent conversation with Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

"When I hear the media broke up the Warriors -- that's so ignorant," he said. "It's giving them way too much power. Or that Draymond (Green) and Kevin getting into it in a game -- it's ignorant.

"Anybody who wrote that clearly hasn't played competitive sports at any level."

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It's interesting to hear Kleiman mention the media narrative because last week, ESPN's Jay Williams -- who works closely with Kleiman and Durant on the digital series "The Boardroom" -- was singing a much different tune on ESPN's "First Take":

 

"As much as the media speculated about whose team it was -- we act like players don't listen to what we have to say. A lot of these players are fans -- they watch shows, things trickle into the locker room -- it creates awkward situations between players.

I think the media -- the more time (that goes by) -- as guys win and they win championships, the media, we're like, 'Well what else can we talk about? What else can we find to make this interesting? Oh, it seems like there are challenges.' 

"And I think those challenges naturally throughout the course of time -- that every team faces, but for teams that win at a high level -- get blown out of proportion. And I think we saw that trickle into the locker room and that led ultimately to this team separating.

"That's the realness and that's the fact of it."

Kleiman and Williams, obviously, are allowed to disagree on this subject. But it's noteworthy to hear Kleiman adamantly shoot down Williams' perspective.

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Changing gears quickly -- Kleiman thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Bay Area when Durant called the region home.

"I didn't go to college," he told Myers. "I lived in Boston for two years, but after one semester I was basically done. It really felt like three of the most magical seasons -- at least personally -- of my life. Just being around it, meeting the people I met within the organization, meeting the people in the city, becoming so close with you, becoming close with a handful of other players on your team -- I really spent a good amount of time around it. It was incredible.

"Our meals in the media room -- those were moments. It felt like we were in college for a few years, like nothing else mattered."

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