‘Bring Your A** to Brooklyn’: Nets’ Blake Griffin Reveals the Blunt Text Kevin Durant Sent to Recruit Him

Published 10/14/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) brings the ball up court against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are still one of the most lethal teams in the league right now, and not just in the Eastern Conference. All thanks to their offseason last year that helped them bring in, not just James Harden, but Blake Griffin as well. If it weren’t for injury struggles, like with most teams last season, most believe that it was the Nets, who were the most obvious choice to win the NBA championship. Of course, Kevin Durant was their guiding light through it all. In fact, he is the reason Blake Griffin came to Brooklyn.

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The one text from Kevin Durant that had Blake Griffin hooked

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It is quite unusual to find Kevin Durant on the other side of the door of a recruitment process. When he joined the Golden State Warriors, it was because Stephen Curry and Draymond Green talked him into it. Signing with the Brooklyn Nets also had something to do with Kyrie Irving convincing him. But in Griffin’s case, it was KD who did the recruiting.

In a recent interview with Blake Griffin, he was asked how much Durant was involved in bringing him in to join the Nets. He shared that at the time, he was still trying to come to a consensus with Detroit Pistons for a deal. But he added, “I was still weighing my options. I know Kevin, James, and Kyrie for a long time. We have worked out together before. We spoke on text, that was really it.”

However, it was KD who was coercing him the most and the exact text that he got from Durant is hilarious. Griffin revealed, “It was just like, ‘Hey, come bring your a** to Brooklyn. Let’s try to make a run at this thing. When a player of his caliber says something like that, It means something for sure.”

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Can the Brooklyn Nets finally come out on top?

Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Paul Reed (44) dive for a loose ball during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Right now, the Nets have the entire Kyrie Irving fiasco to worry about. Until that is resolved, nothing can be set in stone. Of course, Harden and Griffin are still there to back Durant, but that was not the trio fans were looking forward to seeing play in the 2021-22 season.

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With the teams getting tougher and tougher, the Nets shouldn’t take anything lightly, no matter how star-studded their team is. Do you think the Nets will come out of the East to meet the predicted Lakers in the NBA Finals? Or will that matchup take much longer to come through?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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