One of the key pieces for the Golden State Warriors to win a pair of titles between 2016 and 2019 was undoubtedly Kevin Durant, who is currently still an elite player with the Brooklyn Nets.
But what was it that made him leave the Dubs and switch from coast to coast to now star for the Nets? According to statements he offered during an interview with The Washington Post, it had nothing to do with money.
Could he return to the Warriors?
Last summer Durant asked to be traded, and in recent days the rumor has grown that he could return to the Warriors. That’s because of a dinner meeting with Dubs star Stephen Curry prior to Wednesday’s game between Brooklyn and Golden State.
The dinner set fire to the rumors that point to a possible return of Durant to the West Coast, but we must remember what were the reasons why he left the Warriors in 2019. He himself made it very clear to The Post reporter.
According to Durant, his departure from the Californian team was because he wanted something different: “It was another pivot. I just wanted to play ball somewhere else. But a lot of people see it as me chasing something,” he said.
And he added that he wanted to give himself a chance to be the best version of himself somewhere else:
“I think it probably comes from when I said, ‘I don’t want to be No. 2 anymore.’ ‘ I was No. 2 in high school, in the draft. But what I had to explain to people was that I had just lost in the Finals. I wanted to come back and win the Finals. It wasn’t about, ‘I want to be the best ever. I want to be better than LeBron or Michael Jordan,’” he said.
“I don’t give a f*** about that. I want to get up every day and do what I do. If we win, I know those things come with me being the best I can be.”