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Monday, February 18, 2019

Kevin Durant introduced as a Warrior, says situation felt ‘real,’ ‘authentic’

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Kevin Durant was introduced as the newest member of the Golden State Warriors on Thursday afternoon, and he lavished praise on his new teammates as well as discussing the reasons behind his decision.

Durant was swayed as part of his meeting with Golden State, in which he was struck by the team’s camaraderie and the fact that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala all attended the meeting.

Durant said the decision was not made until 7 a.m. ET on Monday morning, having gone back and forth on it for a few days.

Durant acknowledged the difficulty in leaving Oklahoma City, saying he shed tears on the phone with Thunder GM Sam Presti, but he was ready to deal with the barrage of criticism.

As for his former teammate Russell Westbrook, Durant acknowledged that he was not thrilled by Durant’s departure, but was respectful of his choice.

Durant closed by declaring his loyalty to the Warriors long-term despite only signing the two-year deal with an opt-out.

Durant seemed nervous at first, but relaxed as he got into it. You can understand why after the decision he made and some of the reactions to it. It was clear from how he spoke that he felt a real connection in the meeting and was drawn to the team and the personnel. There will be an adjustment period and he’ll have to figure out how to play with his new teammates, but it’s hard to believe they won’t figure it out.



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