After spending three years with the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant decided to move on and joined the Brooklyn Nets, leaving numerous of his teammates disappointed, including Stephen Curry.
“At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice [is] at the forefront, and K, you know, made a decision for himself, and you can’t argue that,” Curry said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I wish we could still play with K. He’s an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together. But, you know, things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But we’re gonna have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front, too.”
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Last week, Durant had an interview with The Wall Street Journal. He said that he never felt part of the family that was formed by Golden State Warriors older players such as Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.
“As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys,” Durant said. “It’s not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could get a full acceptance of me there.”
Of course, Curry read this interview and responded to it.
“I mean, that’s tough,” he said. “There’s so many narratives that go on, especially when you’re at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors — that’s gonna happen.”
Curry still considers Durant his friend, and after all, two of them made the Warriors one of the most dominant teams in the NBA in recent history.