‘We Owe Everything To Kevin’: Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr Wants to See Kevin Durant Healthy Again

Published 12/05/2020, 6:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant warm up at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


The Golden State Warriors will play the Brooklyn Nets on the opening night of the NBA season. The biggest story going into this game is the debut of Kevin Durant for the Nets, who will be playing against his old team, the Warriors. Durant left his old team in 2019 after winning two NBA championships and reaching three NBA Finals with them.

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Durant was injured in the 2019 NBA Finals and stayed sidelined for the entirety of the 2019-2020 season. His return is a great boost to the league.

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)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke to NBA tv about the new season and what he plans to do. Kerr emphasized that he will rely heavily on their playmaking ability.

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“As you know, that’s how we always liked to play here. Multiple playmakers, ball movement, pace – just move the ball in the perimeter. And obviously, if Steph has an opening, he’s going to go. But he creates so much havoc. And we just have playmakers. So that’s going to continue.” 

However, Kerr did mention that he loves the new additions, but their play will be run by new players. “I’ve been really impressed with the guys that we picked up, just watching them on tape. Oubre and Wiggins proved to be a really good passer for us last year. Kent Bazemore can make a play. I think you’re going to see a similar style in terms of the ball movement and the pace and spacing.”

He added, “But it is different personnel, so it is going to change somewhat. We’ve just got to get on the practice floor and see what we have.”

Kerr Talks Kevin Durant recovery

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When asked about Kevin Durant, Kerr noted that he wants to see him healthy again, and talked about Durant’s time with the Warriors. “First thing I want to see is Kevin healthy and back to being himself again. What he brought to us in his three seasons here was just incredible. Probably the most gifted offensive talent I’ve ever been around, I’ve ever seen in this league. And he was great to coach.”

Kerr remarked, “And he helped us bring two championships so we owe everything to Kevin and obviously wish him well in his next endeavor with the Nets. But the biggest thing is I just want to see him healthy. I want to see him out there playing and enjoying himself again.”

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It will be interesting to see how Durant receives his former teammate for the opening night game. He will be eager to prove to them that they needed him more than he needed them.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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