‘You’re That Good’: Former Warriors Teammate Reveals How Kevin Durant Had to be Double-Teamed During Practice

Published 07/16/2021, 1:15 AM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being fouled late during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


After watching Kevin Durant in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals this season against the Milwaukee Bucks, basketball fans felt a different level of respect for the Brooklyn Nets star. He was carrying the team solo, without Kyrie Irving and James Harden to back him.

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It wasn’t the ‘Big Three’ that let us witness a historic performance. But it was KD, alone, whose 49-point performance is one that has gone down in the league’s history books. And his wrath was something his teammates back in the Golden State Warriors knew about. In fact, Andre Iguodala recently revealed the tactics they had to use to contain Durant during practice back in the day.

Kevin Durant had to be double-teamed

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Although nobody needed an epic playoff performance to be convinced that Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the league, but for those who still have any doubts, KD’s former teammate Andre Iguodala‘s comments might clear it up. Andre joined J. J. Redick on ‘The Old Man and the Three’ podcast and spoke about his former teammate.

During one of the practice sessions, Draymond Green and Iguodala decided to double-team on Durant. Now this duo contains one of the great defenders the league has seen, which means KD had quite a task on his hand.

Iggy stated, “This is after the All-Star break, and we’re just trying to get our rhythm back. And me and Draymond are competitors. Like we’re trying to win, and the only way we’re gonna win is if we double team KD. KD was so mad. I’m like, bro, do you not understand what we’re trying to tell you?”

“You’re that good… you’ve got two guys who are elite, all-time on defense and we have to double team you. Don’t be mad at us bro, like you’re that good!”

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Andre Iguodala couldn’t stop raving about KD

However, this wasn’t all Andre said about KD. He explained that he is always rooting for Durant despite all the backlash he gets. And even went ahead and said, “The dude just wants to play basketball, and I always tell people: if you want your life to be changed, go watch KD work out.”

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Looks like Durant’s biggest fan is his own ex-teammate, but rightly so. KD’s contributions were vital to the Warriors dynasty and Iguodala and he has lifted to Larry O’Brien trophies together. Getting a championship together only brings teammates more closer. From the struggles, they go through and the blood and sweat they shed together.

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)

And Andre wasn’t wrong. Unless Durant is double-teamed, he becomes unstoppable. Do you think Durant can lead another franchise to a title and stop all the criticism he gets for chasing super teams?

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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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