Steph Curry Reveals How He Would Want Kevin Durant Welcomed Against the Golden State Warriors

Published 02/12/2021, 9:52 AM EST
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


Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were teammates for just three seasons, but it feels like they were together for years. The pair won back-to-back titles over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers before imploding due to injury in 2019 against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.

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KD would leave the Warriors that off-season and join the Brooklyn Nets. Everyone knew that the end of the road for KD in GSW had become very sour. However, both parties maintain respect for each other despite their messy ending. Steph Curry is proving that with his comments about how he would want Kevin Durant welcomed back to Golden State for their game.

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Kevin Durant should be considered a Golden State icon. While his stay there was controversial, he did dominate for the two Finals series that he got to play there. Steph has always spoken positively about KD and it is good to see him support his old teammate here.

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant: Is there a rivalry?

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Even though Steph Curry and Kevin Durant stay respectful of each other, that doesn’t mean that both men don’t want to beat the other. Steph has gone without winning a Finals MVP because KD won them over him, twice. Similarly, KD’s accomplishments are often diminished because he joined a 73-9 team that beat his old team in the playoffs.

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)

Durant will be just as excited to show that he didn’t need Steph to win as Steph would be to show that he didn’t need KD. Rivalries can be respectful, and these former teammates seem to have a very respectful relationship. KD may have not fit in with the Warriors’ brotherhood, but he did help them all win a few more championships.

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Warriors face the Nets on Saturday night. KD will be back for the game after spending time off due to health and safety protocols. This will be the first time the pair face off in an NBA game since Game 7 of the 2016 Conference Finals. Steph and GSW beat KD’s OKC Thunder then.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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