On this date, 2016: Kevin Durant thrilled to sign up with Warriors
OAKLAND– Kevin Durant, like lots of others around the league, suspected the Warriors’ players had a great bond. It appears like they have enjoyable, seems like they are close. Durant, however, needed to make sure. Before he made this significant leap of faith, he wished to look Stephen Curry in the eyes for an invite.
However Curry didn’t show up alone when he came to the Warriors’ meeting with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons last weekend. He had Klay Thompson with him. And Draymond Green. And Andre Iguodala.
Durant stated he was surprised the stars of a 73-win would come recruit him. Viewed them together, their bond was obvious, real. It was importance he could not disregard.
” To see them together, they all strolled in and it looked like they were holding hands,” Durant stated, prompting laughter from much of the 300 or so individuals at the introductory news conference on Thursday. “It was simply a household. I might inform they took pleasure in being around each other.”
The amount of back story in Durant’s relocation might fill a book. And much of the discussion about the Warriors’ landmark acquisition has actually been fixated the factors he selected to leave Oklahoma City. However this incredibly team that has actually been formed is as much about what the Warriors have actually constructed.
If there is a gist regarding what lured Durant to the Bay, it is the chemistry of the Warriors.
Prior to they were bad guys, the Warriors were darlings. They conquered their defects with a college kind of chemistry and unselfishness observers admired. Their events were heartwarming as they represented what was good about sports.
Over the last number of years, the Warriors’ defects got lessened by their steadily improving skill and Steve Kerr’s system. They stopped looking so heartwarming as they mowed through opponents. Their events drew ire from fans of teams that seemed helpless to stop them.
However what has stayed as a staple, even despite the altering climate around the Warriors, was their chemistry.
Yes, on the court. The Warriors led the league in passes and assists, products of a system concentrated on motion and sharing the ball. Adding Durant to the mix is like putting a turbo increase into the league’s finest offense. The Warriors will remain in the hunt for a champion year after year.
But the chemistry off the court, too, mattered to Durant. In addition to wins, a possibility at champions, the Warriors provided him a brotherhood. They used him to be in a cumulative of iron that would sharpened his iron.
” We were just ourselves,” Curry said in a phone interview. “All we did was practically talk. We told him how things would be, how we ran and how he would fit in. He would fit right in. He’s a group man. That’s who he truly is. We informed him he wouldn’t need to change anything and we would not need to alter anything for him. He simply fits right in.”
Fit matters to Durant. He emphasized that multiple times on Thursday. And the Warriors convinced him by just showing how they roll.
Prior to the conference, they gathered and repeated their plan to not state anything negative about Oklahoma City. Their strategy was to simply display themselves.
As has been reported, part of the meeting was simply the gamers. Durant and the Warriors’ 4 gathered and chatted. They addressed his questions, detailed the inner workings of the franchise, painted the real photo from a player’s point of view.
The bond that Durant saw, even up close as the Warriors returned from a 3-1 series deficit versus Durant’s Thunder, felt real.
It was a feeling he couldn’t neglect.
” When I satisfied these people,” he stated, “I felt as comfortable as I have actually ever felt. It was organic. It was authentic. It was real.”
It’s going to take incredible chemistry to manage what the Warriors have coming. The hype that followed them will be substantially increased. The pressure to win will be as heavy as ever. And Durant is already getting damaged in the court of public opinion, which consists of previous players and experts.
What’s more, the Warriors will not have the depth people have actually come to expect. With two spots remaining, the Warriors’ bench is a question mark.
However this season, and the next several, isn’t about the bench. It’s about Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson, Green, Iguodala and Shaun Livingston being higher than the remainder of the league. They will have to carry this group. They will need to press each other to be better. They will have to take on the expectations.
For the majority of the last 8 years, Durant has actually felt the heft of champion pressure. However it was all on him and guard Russell Westbrook.
And then the Warriors came and revealed him how various it might be. Just how much lighter the weight is when more share the problem. How much better basketball is when bonding is at the core.
” I just saw a lot of real people. Simple as that,” Durant stated. “It felt like they weren’t in the NBA. It seemed like those men simply play pickup every day and they simply truly enjoy pure basketball. That’s the sort of feel that I desired.”