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Kevin Durant: Thunder’s quality culture makes transition to Warriors easier

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 15: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 15, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golden State won 112-107. 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 Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Every compliment Kevin Durant pays the Warriors is interpreted as an implicit diss of the Thunder.

It seems he’s now going out of his way to avoid that.

Asked about acclimating to Golden State’s culture, Durant definitely refers to Oklahoma City in this response.

Anthony Slater of The Mercury News:


I’ve been part of a great culture before. But you’re dealing with different people, different personalities. But when you’re around good people and you’re around winning basketball already, it makes coming here less of a – the shock value is not as high as it would be if I was coming from a losing organization.

On balance, the Thunder are a good organization. The Warriors are a better organization.

That’s why Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State.

Sorry, Thunder. You do a lot right. You’re just not light years ahead.