Kevin Durant may be in Brooklyn now, but that isn’t preventing him from discussing his previous NBA cities.
The two-time Finals MVP was recently interviewed by J.R. Moehringer of WSJ Magazine. During the interview, Durant touched upon a number of interesting topics, including why he’ll never return to the Oklahoma City Thunder and his tenure with the Golden State Warriors.
Although Durant didn’t have anything overly negative to say about Golden State — he went all-in on Oklahoma City — he did comment on why despite the team’s overwhelming success during his three years there, he was never fully accepted as a member of the Warriors.
The biggest reason?
The team had won before he was there.
“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted,” Durant said in an interview the Wall Street Journal. “But I’ll never be one of those guys. I didn’t get drafted there… Steph Curry, obviously drafted there. Andre Iguodala, won the first Finals, first championship. Klay Thompson, drafted there. Draymond Green, drafted there. And the rest of the guys kind of rehabilitated their careers there. So me? Shit, how you going to rehabilitate me? What you going to teach me? How can you alter anything in my basketball life? I got an MVP already. I got scoring titles.
Although he made sure to mention that the team embraced him, Durant also addressed how he’s “different” from the rest of the guys. He also took a swipe at the media saying that the press never really included him on the Warriors. It was always, “Durant and the Warriors.”