KD recently sat down with Rolling Stone to do a super super in depth interview about his time in OKC, his relationship with Russ, and looking forward to this season with the Warriors. Here are the best quotes:
- “Where other teams went out and got that veteran guy, we kept getting younger,” [Durant] says with a sigh.
- “For nine years, he refused to speak a word against that team – he loved those guys and that city,” says his mom, Wanda Durant… “But this summer he said, ‘Mama, I can’t do it anymore. They’re not in this thing with me, we’re not together like we were – I feel like I need something different.’ ”
- “It felt like that whole thing was set up for me to leave,” he says, “especially after they blew a lead in the finals, because I damn sure wasn’t going there if they’d won.“
- ‘These are some chill-ass dudes I wouldn’t mind hooping with.’ I wasn’t even asking, ‘How do we play together?’ I was asking, ‘Where do y’all go eat, do y’all hang out together?'” These were salient questions for Durant.
Not even going to touch the emotional connection Durant says he has with his new teammates, because the gif above explains that completely.
But how about him basically saying the Thunder didn’t have a good roster last season? That’s the most mindless statement of the past decade in the NBA.
Do you know why you didn’t go out and get veterans on your team? BECAUSE YOU’RE A VETERAN. They didn’t have to go and get leaders, because YOU were supposed to be the leader. They needed youth because you didn’t have youth. The roster last year was as stacked as the Warriors. That Thunder team was better in the postseason, and in the Western Conference Finals, than the Warriors were. Insanely better front court, a bench that could at least match the Warriors, oh and two of the top 5 players in the world. And you think you didn’t have enough?