Kevin Durant Declares His Love for Former Teammates in the Golden State Warriors

Published 12/21/2020, 11:00 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 24: Professional basketball player Kevin Durant speaks to students during the KD Build It and They Will Ball court ceremony on July 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kevin Durant Charity Foundation)


Kevin Durant received nothing but success during his three seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Who can say that in their first three seasons with a franchise, they’ve appeared in the finals on all three occasions and even won two consecutive titles? Well, Durant can. Both times, he was also given the Finals MVP award. So why did he leave?

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From afar, it looked like his departure was quite the scandal. There were rumors that he and his former teammate, Draymond Green, weren’t getting along. Then came along his ruptured Achilles in Gam 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, which was the cherry on top.

However, it looks like Durant still has a great relationship with most of his Golden State teammates and he is proud of his time with the Warriors.

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Durant’s relationship with former teammates

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 10: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles and high fives Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after hitting a three pointer and getting fouled on the play during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets November 10, 2016 at Pepsi Center. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Fast forward by 18 months, and Durant is making his much-awaited return after tearing his Achilles in 2019. Ironically, his debut with the Brooklyn Nets will be against the Warriors. But before his game, he opened up about talking to and still meeting his Warriors teammates, including Draymond Green.

“I keep in touch,” Durant told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke on Dubs Talk. “I’ve seen Draymond. We saw each other at a restaurant. It’s good to see him and his family. I talked to Steph a couple of times. It’s good to see from afar, see that everyone is doing well, and realize that these bonds that we created will never be broken no matter what jerseys we have on, no matter what part of the country we all live in.”

Kevin Durant will always be a part of the Golden State Warriors

Durant further listed down the names of his teammates and said,  “From Shaun [Livingston] to Andre [Iguodala], JaVale [McGee], Steph, Klay, Jordan Bell, Omri [Casspi], Nick Young; when you see guys you won a championship and had long playoff runs with, you have a different connection. I’m very grateful for my time in the Bay Area and I’ll always be a Warrior in my heart.”

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After watching the two-time MVP show his dominance in the preseason, there is no doubt fans will see Durant wreak havoc in the Eastern Conference. How magical will the KD-Kyrie Irving combo be?

 

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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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