Warriors owner says Kevin Durant leaving ‘made no sense’ to him
Kevin Durant has opened up in recent months about why he left the Golden State Warriors to sign with the Brooklyn Nets last summer, but his former boss still does not understand the decision.
In an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s “Joe, Lo & Dibs” show this week, Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he was never angry about Durant deciding to leave Golden State, but the move baffled him.
Joe Lacob: “I can’t get mad when Kevin Durant, who I felt pretty close with, decides he’s going to leave…”
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“I can’t get mad when Kevin Durant, who I felt pretty close with, decides he’s going to leave,” Lacob said. “Which, to me, made no sense. Like, you’re the best organization, I hope he thinks, in the world — winning, other great players, the new Arena. To me, there was every reason in the world to stay, but I’m not going to be mad at him because it’s his life. And he earned the right and for whatever reason he decided he wanted to leave.”
Lacob probably doesn’t want to acknowledge some of the reasons Durant chose to leave, but Durant has been pretty open about them. The feud he had with Draymond Green early last season definitely played a role, and Durant recently said he felt isolated from his teammates after that.
Durant has notoriously thin skin, and he obviously didn’t like how people said he sold out by signing with a championship team to get a ring. Once Green told him the Warriors don’t need him, he probably started packing his bags.