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Kevin Durant received endless criticism for his decision to join the Warriors. When he opted to depart for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, whatever sour grapes there were did not emanate from Golden State.

As Warriors general manager Bob Myers explained on ESPN's "The Woj Pod," that was both intentional and deserved.

"Look, the guy came to our team, was MVP of the Finals twice, two championships, three Finals," Myers told Adrian Wojnarowski, "what do you want? I mean, what do you want to happen? What do you expect out of a human being? What is the problem with that? But, people would find it and seek it. 

"Everybody is so fast to look at what's wrong with a team, and I was just so focused on -- and still am -- on what was right with all those things, even in losing. Even in the effort you make to win or lose, there are great experiences there. And so for me -- and it may have come from I liked the guy, for all of him.

"A lot of people that comment on him would say he shouldn't have left or he shouldn't have done this -- everybody's telling him how to live his life. The way I think about Kevin is ... just because you don't understand doesn't mean he's confused."

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Long before Myers built arguably the greatest team in NBA history, he was a player agent, and that perspective surely factored into him harboring no ill will towards Durant whatsoever.

"Players are allowed to do whatever they want to do, whether it's him or anybody else," Myers added. "In professional sports, you sign contracts, and when you're free you get to do what you want to do. You can't criticize a guy for that."

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