‘I Will Always Be a Warrior’: Kevin Durant Keeps in Touch With The Likes of Steph Curry & Draymond Green

Published 02/13/2021, 4:00 PM EST
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant (35) question a call to a referee during the first half agains the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


It will be a reunion of all sorts when the Golden State Warriors face-off against the Brooklyn Nets tonight. While they both faced off against each other at the beginning of the season, this will be the first time that Kevin Durant will make his return to the Bay area since leaving the city at the end of the 2019 NBA season.

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Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) drives past Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant was, of course, part of the all-conquering Warriors team that ran the rule on the league for three years. Not just a couple of NBA titles, but he also gained a few life-long friends. When asked on Dubs Talk about his current relationship status with his ex-teammates on the eve of the game, he said

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“Yeah, Definitely (I) keep in touch. You know, here and there, I have seen Draymond in the summer. We ran to each other at a restaurant. It’s good to see him and his family.

“Talked to Steph a couple of times. So, it’s good to see from afar everybody’s doing well. And realize that these bars that we created will never be broken, no matter what jerseys we put on, no matter what part of the country that we are living,” KD continued.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Draymond Green (23) of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant (35) question the referee after a defensive foul call against Green during the first half on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

“It’s just like when you see guys from a championship-winning, you had long playoff runs with, you know, you have a different connection. So, I am very grateful for my time in the Bay area. I will always be a Warrior in my heart.”

Wasn’t always merry for Kevin Durant with his Warriors teammates

After winning back-to-back championships, cracks were beginning to show in their relationship. KD was holding on from extending his stay with the team and this created some uncertainty over his commitment. But the high point of all came when he had his furious outburst with Draymond Green on the court.

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He admitted that it impacted his free-agency decision on ESPN’s Take that –

Wounds heal with time. When you go on a successful run like this, you can lose the motivation to keep it going. So, perhaps, all he wanted was a fresh challenge. And prove to his naysayers that he could win a title without the Warriors in joining the Nets.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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