Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors stands with Kevin Durant No.35 and general manager Bob Myers while they pose for this photo during the press conference where Durant was introduced as a Golden State Warrior after they signed him as a free agent on Friday in Oakland, California.
Multiple media members, including former Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley, have criticized 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant's surprise move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors this week.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Splash: Kevin Durant's big move to the Golden State Warriors is done.
And while Golden State very well could have come back with the same team intact and won it all, getting Durant to make them slightly better is still better. "There's a lot of attention that comes with being in this position". But like I said, I made a decision based upon what I wanted to do and how I felt. I couldn't consider everybody's feelings at this point, because it would be hard to. I just didn't expect that from Durant. We love people that are high character people, and you can't find a better embodiment of that than the guy sitting next to me. "But every single day all I can control is how I work, I just can't worry about the outside noise".
As much as we'd all love to see the Warriors hit the floor on opening night of the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season and start scoring 115-plus points a night consistently, it's hard to envision. Why?
The Thunder ultimately could not beat Green's Warriors, falling to them in seven games after taking a 3-1 series lead.
Durant played 9 seasons with the Thunder, winning an NBA Most Valuable Player award, and being selected to 7 All-Star games.
"I understand the fans in Oklahoma City, and basketball fans around the world, are I guess upset".
Durant announced his decision Monday in a story on "The Players' Tribune," then Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals.
"It was hard being in a place for so long and the relationships I've built", Durant said. "I lost probably five or 10 pounds, you know, just not being able to eat". Tears were shed, but like I said, this is a new journey for me, testing the unknown and I trusted my gut and I trusted my instincts.
If this were 10 years ago, the opening of the whitewater rapids in Oklahoma City this past six months would've been one of the biggest things that ever happened. "I think we compliment each other because we both can play off the basketball, we both can shoot, we both can make plays". The contract says that the exact value of this part of the deal is "TBD", before noting that "Durant licensed product sold by Nike has reached record levels in recent years compared to other pro athletes in Nike's portfolio". "I wanted to look Steph [Curry] in his eyes and ask him how he felt about a guy like me joining this team".
"We live in this superhero comic book world and you are either a superhero or a villain". There is no point arguing with the NBA's most famous mercenary, who in the prime of his career left a title contender for an even better title contender.