Kevin Durant likely won’t play in the upcoming NBA season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles, but he’s managed to remain one of the most talked about players in the league this offseason following his departure from Golden State. Durant elected to leave the Warriors after three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, and since landing in Brooklyn, Durant has been outspoken about his stops in Oklahoma City and Oakland, while also battling fans on Twitter.
In a revealing profile by WSJ. Magazine, Durant admitted that he hates the NBA at times, and reflected on his messy exit from a “toxic” Thunder organization. In the same piece, Durant made some interesting comments on how he fit in Golden State, where he believes “nobody could get a full acceptance of” him.
Stephen Curry recently responded to Durant’s comments on Steve Kerr’s offense, which Durant said “only works to a certain point.” According to Curry, the Warriors’ record is proof that the system works:
“We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I’d rather have some championships, too.”
Earlier this week, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that Durant’s relationship with Kerr was “not good at all,” which contributed to Durant’s decision to leave. On Friday, NBA legend Magic Johnson said he hopes Durant finds happiness in his career, but isn’t sure where Durant will be content.
“I hope that he finds happiness. If you can’t find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at?
First of all, give Steph Curry a lot of credit for saying ‘you know what, I’m a two-time MVP, I’m willing to take a backseat because I want to win. Give Klay Thompson a lot of credit – because you know whose game suffered the most? [It] was Klay Thompson.
…. Kevin, if you won back-to-back titles, you’re the MVP of the Finals as well. Where are you going to find happiness at?”