When reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, he practically was universally revered by everybody in the basketball world.
A lot changed when he elected to join the Warriors in July 2016, he said “I came here knowing for a fact that every media member, every fan was going to call me every name in the book for however long I was here and I was going to take the brunt of everything, as I wanted to be a part of this so bad…”
Despite being the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP, Many people believe he took the easy route by signing with Golden State Warriors. He’s had to deal with people saying his championships aren’t valid. Those people also have said there will be an asterisk by his name when discussing the best players of all time, that he is responsible for ruining the NBA and much more.
For Durant, he does not agree with the remarks as he believes he had to improve on himself to be at Warriors also sacrificing personal statistics and accolades (regular season, that is) to try something new and different. “But now, I can appreciate the game even more because I’m so secure with my game. I don’t have to go out there and shoot every time for people to recognize me.”