Kevin Durant On Leaving The Warriors, & Not Wanting To Being Michael Jordan or LeBron James
Nobody anticipated Kevin Durant joining the team they lost to after the OKC Thunder dropped a 3-1 lead when they were in the playoffs.
But in the end, Durant shocked the world by moving to Golden State and using his skills there.
Many questioned whether it was appropriate for a generational talent like Durant to join the Warriors after they had previously experienced victory in the NBA Finals.
Durant joined Golden State and along with the "big three" of the club won two titles before a highly contentious breakup. Many believed that Durant couldn't play with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green on the same squad.
Many said that when he departed, he did it because he wanted to show himself on his own, without having to worry about how he fit into an already formed core group.
Durant claims that his true motivation was to go hoop somewhere else. In a chat with the Washington Post, he said the following:
"A lot of people see it as I'm chasing something. And I think it probably stems when I said, 'I don't want to be number two no more.' I was number two in high school, in the draft.
"But what I had to explain to people was, I had just lost in the Finals. I wanted to go back and win the Finals."
"It wasn't about: 'I want to be the best ever. I want to be better than LeBron or [Michael Jordan].' I don't give a s--- about that. I want to wake up every day and do what I do. If we win, I know that stuff comes with me being the best that I can be."
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