Three seasons, three finals, two titles – Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were one of the most dominant duos in NBA Story.
And it seems that three years after their awkward breakup, Curry was fully on board to lead it back.
In an in-depth interview with Rolling Stones Matt Sullivan2022 Finals MVP said the Warriors had internal talks about trading the Nets superstar.
“I never hesitated,” Curry said. “The idea of playing with KD and knowing who he is as a person from our history over these three years, I think KD is a really good guy. I think he has experienced certain things in his life that have affected his ability to trust people around him in a sense that he feels safe at all times. I understand all these things after playing with him and getting to know him. i love this guy
“And if you said, ‘Oh, KD is coming back and we’re going to play with him,’ I’ve had so much fun playing with him over those three years, I’d be like, ‘Damn, yeah!'”
Durant, of course, demanded a trade from Brooklyn shortly after his former team won their fourth title in eight years. That sent shockwaves across the league, with several clubs believed to have put together potential trade packages for the future Hall of Famer.
KD reportedly favored a move to Phoenix or Miami.
Curry, in a conversation with rapper Snoop Dogg, whom Rolling Stone is shadowing, felt Durant wasn’t being realistic about how much acting for him would change the complexion of his new club.
Speaking of the Boston Celtics, he said, “They have a little bit of everything, but they would have to deal with the organizational transition to get rid of Jaylen [Brown]. He’s such an important part… If they had -‘ Curry snapped his fingertips off in an explosion, agreeing with Snoop that Durant would be better off staying with the Nets.
“Man, he thinks that they’re going to go to teams — like he went to Phoenix — that they’re going to be the same team when he’s there,” Curry said.
Durant, 33, eventually waived his demand and instead remains on the same Brooklyn team, which, despite all the drama, is expected to compete in the East in 2022-23 as long as KD and Kyrie Irving are on the roster and on court. The former MVP staying there also means there is no overwhelming favorite to win the title next year.
According to Curry, the defending champions would have made several of their recent assets available to reunite with Durant.
“I’m like, ‘Hell, yeah!'” Curry said. “There are all kinds of emotions and things that are happening with the league. And if someone says you wouldn’t have that conversation – no disrespect to anyone on our team – you don’t know how things work. But you also understand how if we run this thing back, I have full confidence in my team that we can win it back as designed.
“Well, all of those things were true. And it started with wanting to play with KD in the beginning. Yes, it’s about winning, it’s about having fun, playing basketball. And that was part of the reaction of, like, ‘Yeah, it would be amazing.'”
It definitely was.
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