Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sure gave the media a lot of headline-grabbing soundbytes today, all of which are so easy to take out of context.
Don’t worry, we won’t be dramatizing or exaggerating any of his comments, we’ll simply stick to reporting it.
Durant spoke at length about a number of topics including being a leader and the non-existent “loyalty” in the league.
“I came here to play basketball in the exact same way I’m playing it right now,” Durant told GQ’s Zach Baron.
“Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and that helps me out, because I don’t have to,” Durant continued.
“I don’t want to have to be the leader. I’m not a leader. I’m bad at saying, ‘Stand behind me and follow me.’ No. I’m one of those guys that’s just like, ‘Let’s do this shit together. Let’s just work everybody together. I don’t mind being on the front line with you, but let’s come and do it together.’ That’s my way of leadership. I’m leading by example.”
Durant is fine playing “second fiddle” to Curry and that lessens the immense pressure he probably felt on his shoulders during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder that probably doesn’t weigh so heavily in Golden State, especially after winning an NBA Championship.
In terms of the business side of basketball, Durant, who has been heavily criticized when he jumped from the Thunder to the Warriors in free agency, he had some very straight-forward words to describe it.
“Ain’t no such thing [as loyalty],” Durant said in an interview with Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “You see disloyalty in different ways, but that’s one of the most underrated parts of the game. We scream loyalty, but we don’t expect it from the people writing the checks because they’re writing the checks.”
“[People say] ‘You should be fine with it because you’re getting paid.’ I liked it better when I was naive about the NBA business, how f**ked up it is. That was better for me that way… You put money and business into something that’s pure, it’s going to f**k it up.”
Jonas Jerebko Heading to Europe
Former Golden State Warriors’ forward Jonas Jerebko is continuing his playing career in Europe this upcoming season.
According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonos, Jerebko is close to sign with Khimki Moscow Region.
Jerebko averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season with the Warriors, highlighted by some strong play during the playoffs.
James McAdoo to Play in Turkey
Former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo is heading to Turkey to continue his playing career.
According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, McAdoo has signed with Turkish team Besiktas.
McAdoo entered the NBA has an undrafted talent back in 2014, spending his first three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning titles with the Dubs in 2015 and 2017.
Warriors, Klay Thompson Agrees to 5-Year, $190M Contract
The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms with Klay Thompson on a five-year, $190 million max contract, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau.
Thompson hit unrestricted free agency, but it was widely expected that he would return to the Warriors.
Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season for Golden State.
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