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Kevin Durant reveals why he left Warriors for Nets in NBA free agency

Kevin Durant reveals why he left Warriors for Nets in NBA free agency

Why on earth would Kevin Durant leave one of the greatest teams in NBA history for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference?

That's the question all NBA fans have wanted the answer to since Durant left the Golden State Warriors to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in early July.

Now, we finally have that answer as Durant broke his silence in an interview with Yahoo's Chris Haynes.

“Because I wanted to,” Durant told Haynes on Tuesday. “The basketball was appealing.”

Many analysts believe the Nets are a team on the rise. They are coming off a 42-40 season and have several intriguing players, including Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen.

While they gave up All-Star D'Angelo Russell in the sign-and-trade with the Warriors, Brooklyn added NBA champion Kyrie Irving. Head coach Kenny Atkinson, now entering his fourth season with the Nets, has steered the Nets to an improved record each year.

[RELATED: Durant doesn't blame Warriors for injury]

For months, Durant was rumored to be considering the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers in addition to the Warriors and Nets. But the two-time NBA Finals MVP put that speculation to bed.

“If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets,” Durant told Haynes. “They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”

Whatever the Nets are building, they'll have to proceed without Durant for most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season as he recovers from surgery on his right Achilles.

Why anonymous NFL offensive coordinator compares Chiefs to Warriors

Why anonymous NFL offensive coordinator compares Chiefs to Warriors

The Warriors (10-38) -- after making five straight trips to the NBA Finals -- boast the worst record in the NBA.

And there is one anonymous NFL offensive coordinator who apparently isn't aware the Dubs have fallen so far.

When offering his insight on the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, this is what the coach told Mike Sando of The Athletic:

"The problem for San Francisco is, Kansas City is the type of team that could have 40 plays on offense and score 35 points. I mean, who is down 24-0 and scores 51 unanswered points, all on offense? It’s unreal. Their offense is ridiculous because of the speed. Their No. 4 (receiving option) is better than some teams’ ones. Sammy Watkins is their fourth and he might be their fifth because Damien Williams is probably a better option.

If I’m in (Kyle Shanahan's) shoes, I’m not panicking. If we are down 14, I’m probably not thinking I’m going one-dimensional until eight minutes are left in the fourth quarter, because you just know it’s going to be hard to stop Kansas City on back-to-back series. You might go on a little run, and usually it’s early with those guys, but once Kansas City gets going, they are hard to stop. I never feel like they are struggling. I feel like they have spurts. They are like the Golden State Warriors. They are cold and then all of a sudden they start hitting 3s and now you are f--ked."

That's how it was for Golden State the prior five seasons. But things are a little different this year.

[RELATED: How 49ers' Ford has moved on from crucial offsides penalty]

One final tangent -- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes loves Steph Curry:

You got to love it.

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NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Quinn Cook changing number to honor Kobe Bryant

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Quinn Cook changing number to honor Kobe Bryant

Quinn Cook grew up in the Washington D.C. area worshipping the Los Angeles Lakers.

He loved Kobe Bryant.

So it's not a surprise that the former Warriors guard -- who signed a two-year contract with the Lakers last summer -- is honoring the NBA legend following Bryant's death:

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were two of nine people who tragically died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash.

[RELATED: Why Kobe's death made Perkins want to end beef with Durant]

Cook and the rest of the basketball world will help ensure that their legacies live on forever.

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