Kevin Durant Discusses Signing With Nets, His Ending With Warriors

Nets Star Speaks Publicly For First Time Since Injury

Jake Brown
August 08, 2019 - 8:46 am
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Kevin Durant has not said much since he signed his max contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He spoke publicly this week about joining his new team and how his time ended with the Warriors for the first time as he chatted with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. 

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Durant has been in Santa Monica rehabbing and continues to progress, but is not expected to play in the 2019-2020 season, barring a miracle return late in the playoffs. A ruptured achilles is no joke, though. Durant's debut is likely coming at the start of the 2020-2021 season for a Nets team that he had his mind set on. 

“If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”

When exactly did Durant decide Brooklyn was going to be where he signed? 

“June 30. That morning," the 30-year-old superstar forward said. "I never wanted to disrespect the game by putting my focus on the future. It was always about that day, focusing on that day and what was most important that day. And throughout the season, basketball is the No. 1 thing.”

Everyone wanted to talk about Durant's friendship with Kyrie Irving playing a part as why he teamed up with him. 

“I think the friendship part of the league has really grown, especially since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade became such great friends and ended up playing together. People see friendship as the way guys are teaming up. There’s nothing wrong with people speculating. That’s just what it is, but we’re just good friends no matter what. We didn’t have to play together. It wasn’t necessary. But, we were friends before anything, and we just happened to want to hoop together. But it wasn’t a thing we planned. It just came together.”

Durant spoke about his ending with the Warriors. Many people have said they thought the Warriors have mishandled the injury. Durant disagrees vehemently. 

“Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no,” Durant said. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S--- happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s--- because I’m going to be back playing.”

Durant and Irving will have to wait a year to play together in a Nets uniform, but Brooklyn is expected to be a major contender when they do.