Habershow: Why Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors

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Habershow: Why Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors

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.

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You Pick The Game: Which Sixers game should NBCSP air this Saturday night?

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You Pick The Game: Which Sixers game should NBCSP air this Saturday night?

The NBA season has been suspended for nearly a month now and it certainly hasn't gotten any easier. 

But that doesn't mean that we need to be without the Sixers entirely. We're giving Authentic Fans a chance to pick which Sixers game we'll broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia, the MyTeams app, and right here at NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com.

The voting begins now and the winning game will air Saturday night, April 11, at 7 p.m.  

Here are your options:


Sixers vs. Warriors | Jan. 28, 2020

From our story that evening:

The floor was the same and the warmup routines were unaltered, but, as the Sixers prepared to play the Warriors Tuesday, it didn’t feel like a typical game night at Wells Fargo Center.

It clearly wasn’t, after the tragic deaths Sunday of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash.

Sixers player development specialist Roy Hibbert and Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell, former teammates of Bryant’s, talked at half court.

Stephen Curry tapped Joel Embiid on the back to briefly interrupt his warmup and share a few words. 

Before tip-off, the Sixers paid tribute to Bryant and the other victims of the accident in several ways, including through players wearing No. 8 and No. 24 warmup uniforms, and by spotlighting Bryant’s framed No. 33 Lower Merion High School jersey.

The game began with the Sixers taking an eight-second violation, followed by the Warriors taking a 24-second violation. 

Embiid wore No. 24 to honor Bryant after clearing the move with Hall of Fame forward Bobby Jones — the Sixers retired 24 in Jones' honor in 1986. Zhaire Smith sported No. 7 instead of his usual No. 8.

Business eventually resumed, in a way.

Sixers vs. Pelicans | Dec. 13, 2019

From our story from that evening:

The Sixers’ home record is still unblemished.

They beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, 116-109, to move to 20-7 on the season and 14-0 at Wells Fargo Center. This was New Orleans’ 11th straight defeat. 

Tobias Harris scored a team-high 31 points on 12 for 20 shooting, helping the Sixers to overcome an uneven effort. 

Click a button in the poll above to cast your vote. We'll announce the winner on Saturday morning — be sure to follow @NBCSPhilly on Twitter or on Instagram to get the result. 

Glenn Robinson III expands on challenging adjustment to Sixers, doesn't rule out Warriors return

Glenn Robinson III expands on challenging adjustment to Sixers, doesn't rule out Warriors return

When Glenn Robinson III returned to Chase Center on Saturday night, it was natural for him to think about his past with the Warriors and, possibly, his future.

Robinson, who scored 15 points and had six rebounds in the Sixers’ 118-114 loss to the Warriors, told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock he’s open to returning to Golden State this summer.

He also expanded on the adjustment to his new team, a topic that drew plenty of attention when the 26-year-old said in an interview with Basketball Insiders his role was “not really explained” and he didn’t “really understand it."

On Feb. 27, Robinson had a chance to clarify those comments, while Brett Brown said he had, in fact, given a clear “roadmap” to every player following the All-Star break. 

"I think some of it got a little blown out of proportion, but it was just really like figuring out my role here," Robinson said. "What did I get brought here to do? How can I help this team? I understand that both me and [Alec Burks], we were brought here to help this team win and that's what it's about."

Back in the city where he’d been enjoying a career-best season, averaging 12.9 points and shooting 40 percent from three-point range before being traded to the Sixers, Robinson reflected further.

It can be frustrating,” he told Murdock. “I know I was brought here to help the team win, but now I'm trying to figure out the best way possible to help the team win. What I can do with my role.

"My role on the Warriors was, I was guarding the best player every night. I was coming off shooting threes and getting my game to help the team. What can I do best here? That's my main goal, my main thought. Obviously, the other stuff that lingers in your head is your value of this summer, but I try to just take it one day at a time because that's all I can control at this point.

With the Sixers, three-point shooting continues to be a key part of Robinson’s job. He found his shot on this road trip, converting 6 of 10 threes over the past three games after missing his first 10 long distance attempts since the trade. His defensive responsibilities also increased because of injuries to Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain), Ben Simmons (nerve impingement in lower back) and Josh Richardson (concussion protocol).

It is true, though, that Robinson is less important to a healthy (or healthier) Sixers team than he was to this season’s version of the Warriors. 

”I think that we are true contenders,” he said of the Sixers. “I like the team. I like everybody on this team can hoop. I think that's the biggest thing.

"We definitely have the potential to be able to accomplish whatever we want to. I think that we all got to be connected in order to get that main goal, and I think that the sacrifice of that championship that we want is great. Everybody has to be willing to sacrifice something."

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