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Warriors Draymond makes shocking revelation about Nets Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant’s controversial decision to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016 drew a lot of criticism. Analysts like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith called it the “weakest move by a superstar” in NBA history. But in the minds of many of Durant’s critics, it wasn’t just his decision to join the Warriors that rubbed them the wrong way, but how he did it.

For those who might be late to the party, just weeks before his decision, Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder team led the Western Conference Finals 3-1 against the same Warriors team before losing three straight games.

Many people thought Durant lived by the mantra, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” However, Warriors star Draymond Green believes Durant’s decision to join Golden State was made well before the 2016 Western Conference Finals.

“Everybody pick and roll and take advantage of disagreements because that was the cycle the NBA was in. We then changed the game of basketball and the way basketball was played,” Green said on the 9/15 podcast “Checc’n In” with Big U.

“KD saw that. KD wanted to play that kind of basketball. KD wanted to play with us… In my heart I believe before it came to that they went 3-1 up. KD wanted to join the Warriors.”

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When Durant joined the Warriors in 2016, it shook the entire NBA landscape. Golden State had established itself as a force in the NBA, making back-to-back NBA Finals appearances. But after losing a 3-1 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals in June, it was clear there was a missing link in the Warriors roster

On the downside, Durant’s 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals was just the latest playoff disappointment during his time in Oklahoma City. The Thunder had the talent, but not necessarily the right system, to match his abilities. The Warriors had both, which Green felt made the decision easy for the 12-time All-Star.

“KD wanted to play good basketball. You saw the kind of basketball we played, boys moving the ball. It’s steph hot. All running screens for Steph. Everyone tries to get Steph the ball; We’re having fun,” Green added.

“He wanted to play good basketball. We played the best kind of basketball. The brand of basketball we play, pass, move. Nobody in the NBA has played that kind of basketball except for the San Antonio Spurs.”

Though Durant left the franchise to join the Nets in 2019, the Warriors were able to return to the mountaintop and win the 2022 NBA title. Now all eyes will be on Durant to see if he can respond with an additional title of his own, this time outside of the warrior system.

Golden State is a dynasty whose system would be almost impossible to duplicate. However, the Nets have put the right pieces around Durant that could help head coach Steve Nash replicate the system that has led to so much success for the Warriors.

Much like KD and Steph, the Nets have a superstar tandem in Durant and Kyrie Irving. They also have a variety of shooters in Seth Curry and Joe Harris who can play the role of Klay Thompson.

Additionally, Ben Simmons could be a super-boosted version of Draymond with his elite defense and playmaking ability. He may be able to take it to an even higher level because he has an athleticism that Green just doesn’t have.

The time for talking is almost over as the Nets prepare to head into training camp. For their sake, they need to make it big this season.

The time for talking is almost over as the Nets prepare to head into training camp. For their sake, they need to make it big this season.

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