KD pushes back on story he was jealous Dubs won title originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Kevin Durant has a lot on his plate right now, but media and fan stories aren’t something he’s into.
While Durant deals with the drama surrounding the Brooklyn nets and the status of teammate Kyrie Irving, he took the time to warriors winning the 2022 NBA Championship three years after leaving the franchise for New York.
During the Warriors’ NBA Finals clash against the Boston Celtics, Durant was silent on social media by his standards, leading some to believe he might be jealous of his former teammates and what they accomplished without him.
According to Durant, that was the furthest thing from the truth. Speaking with friend Eddie Gonzalez about the latest episode of “The ETCs with Kevin Durant,” the two-time NBA champion even said watching Steph Curry’s iconic Game 4 play against the Celtics.
Rather than feel animosity towards the Warriors, Durant was proud to see them return to the NBA peak after playing with Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond GreenAndre Iguodala and Kevon Looney.
“I think since I’ve been in the league, there’s been a dialogue about me vs. my teammates, like me vs. Russell [Westbrook]me vs steph and draymond me vs kyrie [Irving] now and James [Harden]Durant said. And a lot of people, when Golden State won, felt like they went back and said, ‘Well, if they won this one, they could have easily won in 2017 and 2018 with someone other than KD.’ But I’m like, ‘Why anyone but me? Like, why do you just want to take me out of the group?’ Do you know what I’m saying? So it’s irritating to hear that because I just want to watch the game.
“And I like those guys too. I played basketball with those guys and I was part of that dynasty that they’re building now. I didn’t think they had a dynasty until they won that fourth one. I am proud, dammit, I was part of something special, even if it was only two of the four championships, like, s–t, JaVale McGee probably feels the same as me. David West probably felt the same as I did. We came all in at the same time as the Warriors and we had some great times.
“And to watch them finish it and go on, yes, you’re proud to be a part of it, but then you listen to the broadcast and it’s just right ‘KD should feel like this.’ I’m like, “Here we go. Like, dammit, just let me enjoy what they’re doing instead of turning me against them” because I’ll always take my side.
“I disagree with you when you say I didn’t contribute to the dynasty. I did. So I don’t care if you feel like I’m attacking the Warriors. I’ll always side with you. You know what I’m saying Because I felt like I was contributing in a positive way every second I was in that arena, from workouts, shootarounds, games Like you don’t take this away from me I’ll always put it high in the no matter how you try to turn my old teammates against me, try to lie to my name and say I’m jealous and jealous of these guys. Like, come on man, it’s childish.”
Durant came to the Bay Area in the summer of 2016, helping the Warriors win two NBA titles and putting his body on the line in a bid to win three turf. He bonded with the core Warriors players, and whenever he sees Curry of Green before or after the games, they always share brotherly hugs. He was in constant contact with Thompson as the shooting guard spent two and a half years recovering from two serious leg injuries.
There is no jealousy. Nothing but joy for his former running mates.