The marriage between Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors may not have lasted long. Still, it produced incredible results in the form of two championships and two Finals MVP awards for the "Slim Reaper." As scrutinized and criticized as Durant's move to the Dubs was, Golden State forward Draymond Green believes the former's reason was very simple.
Plain, old, good basketball
Durant played his first nine seasons in the Association for Seattle and Oklahoma City, where he had a steady diet of pick and rolls and the ultimate green light to chuck up any shot he wanted. Green said during his appearance on the "Checc'n In" podcast that that may not have been the best basketball for Durant.
"Everybody's running pick and roll and taking advantage of mismatches because that was the cycle that the NBA was in. We then changed the game of basketball and how basketball was played," said Green.
The outspoken Dubs forward is, of course, referring to the Warriors' vaunted style of play that has taken the league by storm since Steve Kerr took over as head coach in 2014. As opposed to running pick and rolls like nearly every team in the NBA does, the Warriors employ a freewheeling style of offense that is predicated on ball and player movement and unselfishness. It's a style that Durant apparently wanted to be a part of long before his move to Oakland.
"He wanted to play good basketball. We were playing the best brand of basketball. The brand of basketball that we play, pass, move. No one in the NBA was playing that brand of basketball except for the San Antonio Spurs," shared Green.
Durant saw firsthand what the Dubs could do
Durant had a front-row seat to the Dubs' capabilities in the 2016 Western Conference Finals when his Thunder blew a commanding 3-1 lead and lost in seven games. That series was also the first time Durant got a taste of what it was like to play against the Warriors' death lineup, which features Green at center.
"KD saw that. KD wanted to play that brand of basketball. KD wanted to play with us. In my heart, I believe before it ever came to them being up 3-1. KD wanted to come to the Warriors," Green said.