Kevin Durant explains how he sacrificed 'lot of s--t' to join Warriors

Kevin Durant explains how he sacrificed 'lot of s--t' to join Warriors

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When Kevin Durant played for the Thunder, he practically was universally revered by everybody in the basketball world.

That changed when he elected to join the Warriors in July 2016.

“I came here knowing for a fact that every media member, every fan was going to call me every name in the book for however long I was here and I was going to take the brunt of everything," Durant recently told Michael Lee of The Athletic. "But I wanted to be a part of this so bad, I didn’t give a f--k."

Durant is the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP, yet he's had to deal with people saying his championships aren't valid. Those people also have said there will be an asterisk by his name when discussing the best players of all time, that he is responsible for ruining the NBA and much more.

Many people believe he took the easy route by signing with Golden State, but that's not how he views things.

"I sacrificed a lot of s--t to be here and to change my game up to be with these guys," Durant told The Athletic. "And it was worth it.”

KD is absolutely right about that. He chose a path that has led to a lot of vitriol thrown his way. That isn't easy to handle.

He sacrificed personal statistics and accolades (regular season, that is) to try something new and different.

“I watched James (Harden) and I see what he’s doing and I admire what he’s doing and I appreciate what he’s doing,” Durant explained. “Before, I would’ve been, ‘F--k, I wish that was me.’

"But now, I can appreciate the game even more because I’m so secure with my game. I don’t have to go out there and shoot every time for people to recognize me.

"I’m cool with it, you know what I’m saying?”

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This summer, will Durant make a choice that affords him the ability to average 30 plus points per game, like Harden? Nobody knows the answer, and it truly doesn't matter right now.

Just enjoy watching him against the Clippers in the playoffs.

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NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

There was a development Wednesday night in the "Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets" narrative that certainly will be of interest to Warriors fans.


Because it involves Kevin Durant.

Brian Lewis of The New York Post has the details:

The question is if they can’t land Durant, do they still want Irving? Especially if they have to lose D’Angelo Russell — their own 23-year-old homegrown All-Star — to get him?  

It’s a question that has turned into a civil war among the fan base. It also has become an internal debate the Nets are having right now.  

The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.


Last week, Brian Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported that Kyrie is prepared to sign with the Nets in free agency.

Then on Tuesday, there was more smoke:

The latest news makes you wonder if the Nets have learned that KD is not going to sign with Brooklyn. If that is in fact true, perhaps they are going to pull out of the Kyrie sweepstakes altogether.

That would certainly be a crazy twist and would have a pretty big domino effect.

Would Kyrie consider going back to the Celtics? What about a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers? Is a Kyrie-KD duo with the Knicks still a possibility?

The Warriors -- like everybody else -- are completely in the dark when it comes to Durant's plans. It's only been a week since the two-time NBA Finals MVP underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles, and the 10-time All-Star most likely needs some extra time to figure out his future.

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That is completely understandable given what he is going through, and what lies ahead for KD when it comes to rehab.

As for news that pertains to Kyrie, you should expect the next couple of weeks to be quite the roller coaster.

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2019 NBA Draft live stream: Start time, channel to watch all 60 picks

2019 NBA Draft live stream: Start time, channel to watch all 60 picks

The NBA Finals are over. It's time for the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place Thursday at Barclays Center in New York, in what will be a critical night for all 30 teams in the league. The draft presents the best method to add young, cheap talent, and that's something every squad could use.

The Warriors are no exception. Fully expected to offer both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson max contracts in free agency, it's imperative that the Dubs fill out their roster with cheap options that can grow within their system. Golden State holds the No. 28 and No. 58 overall selections in Thursday's draft, and with so many holes on their roster, it's likely they'll go with the best player available at each spot, and the possibility of acquiring additional picks shouldn't be ruled out.

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Sacramento has three selections in the draft -- No. 40, 47 and 60 overall -- all in the second round. After finishing just short of the playoffs, the Kings are counting on the prospects they acquire in the draft to help push them over the top and secure the franchise's first postseason berth since 2006. With three second-round selections, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Kings package some or all of them together in order to move up in the order.

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The New Orleans Pelicans hold the first overall selection in the draft, and it's all but guaranteed they'll select former Duke star Zion Williamson. The Memphis Grizzlies hold the second overall selection and are widely expected to take Murray State guard Ja Morant.

Here's how you can watch the 2019 NBA Draft on TV and streaming online:

When: 4:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 20, on ESPN
Live stream: WatchESPN