When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors in 2016, it created a shockwave around the league because everyone knew an unbeatable superteam was formed and that winning a championship was no longer a concern for Durant. The Warriors had a 73-9 regular-season record that year, and adding Durant made them the deadliest team in recent NBA history.
There were many backlashes because Durant decided to leave OKC for the Warriors, and in a recent The Old Man and the Three podcast, he said he didn’t take the easy way to an NBA title.
No. What does that even mean? I just never understood what that means, because I still come to work every day. I go through every rep at 100 percent speed. So, I just don’t understand that.Kevin Durant, via The Old Man and the Three
According to Durant, the amount of hard work he put in was on a championship level and enabled the Warriors to win two championships in three straight finals appearances. If the injuries didn’t catch up with Durant and Klay Thompson in that finals series against the Raptors, they could’ve had their three-peat.
And I played at an elite level in the Finals in all the biggest moments. And I could understand if I didn’t play well at all. But I played the best that I could play in both Finals for that team. So, I felt like I got up every day and held myself to a championship, elite-player standard, and reached it pretty much 98 percent of the time in practice and games and shootarounds. So, yeah, of course, I earned that.Kevin Durant, via The Old Man and the Three
Despite the fact Warriors were a team full of all-star players, they played like a team-oriented basketball, and Durant won two finals MVP in a row during their championships runs. He eventually got in several altercations with Draymond Green, which resulted in a deteriorated relationship within the team. Things weren’t the same, so he decided to take his talents to the Brooklyn Nets, where he’ll join Kyrie Irving in hopes of landing his third NBA championship.