The Golden State Warriors have won two consecutive NBA championships. Of course, it’s no coincidence that they’re two-for-two since signing Kevin Durant. After all, he has taken MVP honors in both championship series. But after this season, free agency hits. And that means Durant could hit the open market again.
When the questions come, though, Durant is going to keep it simple. He’s going to be honest.
“Just be honest,” he told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I was honest with my decision, but just like outwardly if people ask me about it, don’t be ashamed to talk about why I decided to move teams and switch teams because it’s not the end of the world. I didn’t do anything against the law, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I thought happened the first time.”
Last season, KD put up 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 blocks while shooting 51.6% from the field. And, 41.9% from long range — his best mark since 2008-09 (42.2%).
When KD swapped OKC for Golden State, it didn’t go over well with fans. And at the time, he thought he did something wrong. He’s past that now, though. And he’s ready for whatever comes next.
“I’m like, ‘Man, there’s so much attention on me because I switched teams,'” Durant adds. “I thought I did something wrong, but I knew deep down in my heart that was the perfect decision for me and I know that now I just got to stand on that, outwardly say it, and that will stop the speculation from a lot of people. … When they don’t know, when people really don’t know the end, the conclusion or why I did something, they’re going to always speculate and create stories and clicks and that’s only going to make me more upset. So I’d just rather keep it open and transparent with you.”
I guess that means no more burner accounts, eh?
Jokes aside, nobody can take away Durant’s accomplishments. He wanted a ring, and now he’s got two. Fans can put asterisks on it if they want; it doesn’t matter. The Warriors are going to keep doing what they can to field their best team. It’s up to the rest of the league to stop them. Last season, the Houston Rockets came close. After one of the best regular seasons in NBA history, they took Golden State to seven games. But Durant and company ultimately finished the job, and then put their exclamation point on the league by destroying the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry still runs the Warriors, but in two seasons with Golden State, Durant is averaging 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.7 blocks. And something tells us he’s not even close to done.