Kevin Durant on whether he took the easy way out by joining Warriors: 'No ... I earned that'
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has no regrets about his decision to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Why should he Durant helped the Powerhouse Warriors win two championships while on the team. While Durant moved to Brooklyn after the 2019 season, he has every reason to be excited about what he has achieved with Golden State.
But there are still some who wonder if Durant took the easy way out. Joining the Warriors - a team that won the championship in 2015 - was a trailblazer.
Durant doesn't see it that way. Although the warriors were already stacked without Durant, he doesn't think he found the easy way out by signing with the team in 2016. Durant made these comments on the The Old Man and the Three podcast with J.J. Redick.
When asked if he took the easy way out, Durant said he still worked just as hard with the warriors and made it big when the team needed him.
"No. What does that even mean?" Said Durant. “I just never understood what that meant. Because I still come to work every day. I go through each rep at 100 percent speed. I just don't get it. I played at the elite level in the greatest moments in the final. And I can understand if I didn't play well at all, but I did the best I could in both finals for this team. I felt like I got up every day and stuck to a championship standard that I hit 95 percent of the time. Well 98 percent of the time in training and games and shootarounds. Yes, of course I deserved it. "
Durant is not wrong. He won the final MVP for the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.
Kevin Durant is looking for similar successes with the Nets
After leaving the Warriors after the 2019 season, Durant is hoping for similar success with the Nets. Durant did not play for the team this season after suffering an Achilles injury in the 2019 NBA final. He is expected to return next season where he will team up with Kyrie Irving to give the Nets two Superstar players.
With Irving in tow, Durant isn't exactly joining a talented franchise on the Nets. However, winning a championship with Brooklyn would go a long way in helping Durant get rid of critics who believe he was a front runner in the 2016 Warriors.
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