After a heartbreaking game 7 loss to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, Kevin Durant was rooting for the Cavs. Now that he’s joined that Warriors team, he’s still happy the Cavs won, because he wouldn’t have gone to Oakland if they hadn’t. Via ESPN:
“I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”
“As they lost, it became more and more real every day,” Durant said. “You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them, they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about [what would have happened if the Warriors had won the title], because they didn’t get the job done, and they came after me.”
Even then, Durant knew the kind of backlash he’d face if he went to the Warriors. As a guy who spent most of his career being the darling of the league, he wasn’t happy about that. But he had to make the move that was right for him. He loved the type of basketball the Warriors were playing and wanted to be a part of it.
“[My agent] Rich [Kleiman], who’s here, we were watching Game 7,” Durant told reporters at a ceremony in which the Warriors were presented with the ENCORE Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Well, as it started to unfold, it was, ‘No question, no way could you go to this team.’ And I was just like a kid, like, ‘I’d really like playing with these guys. I’d get wide-open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide-open layups.’ I was basically begging him. I was like, ‘Yo, this would be nice.’”
The pre-season is barely under way, but it seems like Durant is getting exactly what he wanted. Lots of open 3s, easy lay ups, and scoring all around for Durant and his teammates. Love them or hate them, the Warriors will be one of the most entertaining basketball teams ever this season.