Kevin Durant won two NBA Finals MVPs in his three seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Yet he never felt truly embraced by the Bay Area and even squabbled with Warriors fans in direct-message Twitter conversations.
“Really he did check every box of what you would’ve needed to do and it still did not matter reputationally,” said The Athletic’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss. “People were not any more convinced of Kevin Durant’s quality as a basketball player than before that all happened. I mean it’s kind of amazing when you look back on it.”
Strauss, author of the new book “The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty,” has been writing about the Warriors since 2010.
Durant memorably screamed “You don’t know what makes me happy!” at Strauss, and he described the moment on The Habershow podcast with NBC Sports national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.
“I don’t think from that point on that we ever saw eye to eye,” Strauss said, “and not just because he is seven feet tall.”
Here are the timestamps for Haberstroh’s interview with Strauss:
8:48 -- Impact of social media on high-profile NBA stars
13:51 -- Why Kevin Durant left the Warriors
18:31 -- Getting yelled at by Durant
23:33 -- How Steph Curry handled immense fame
41:41 -- Awkward meeting with Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney
Warriors fans should also listen to Haberstroh’s conversation with all three members of Run TMC: Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.