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Kevin Durant says he nearly committed to Celtics because of Tom Brady

NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

BOSTON - JUNE 08: (L-R) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former NBA player Joe Bryant sit courtside as the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 8, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Bryant is the father of Lakers star Kobe Bryant. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Boston, not the Thunder, were runner-up to the Warriors for Kevin Durant.

Maybe Grousbeck wasn’t just blowing hot air.

The Celtics brought Tom Brady to their meeting, and the New England Patriots quarterback apparently made a big impression.

Durant, via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald:

“I was ready to just say, ‘All right. Let’s go. I’m ready to go,’ seeing Tom Brady there,” Durant said. “Just seeing someone so successful at his craft and just a great ambassador for the game of football and the city of Boston, it was just great to be in the presence of greatness.

“But at the same time, I knew I couldn’t let that distract me. But he was great. It was great to see him.”


If you’re a Thunder fan, here’s the narrative: See, this proves Durant is impulsive.

If you’re not a Thunder fan, here’s the narrative: This proves Durant made a rational decision after months of considering Golden State, because he didn’t overreact to the Brady show.

Or maybe Durant was just harmlessly complimenting another superstar.