Kendrick Perkins speculates the exact reason why the current Brooklyn superstar left OKC to join the Warriors back in 2016.
For over the past 12 years, KD has proved that he’s among the most prolific scorers in modern NBA basketball. However, off the court, KD has had his fair share of drama. Apart from getting into all the altercations on Twitter, Durant was also the most hated player in the league not a while back.
In the 2016 offseason, Kevin decided to shift teams, cutting his ties with Oklahoma City Thunder and joining forces with Stephen Curry and co. at the Golden State Warriors.
He instantly received some unprecedented hate for his unprecedented decision. Joining a 73-9 team, it was clear that Durant had championships intentions on his mind. Recently, his former teammate Kendrick Perkins, revealed why the Slim Reaper take such a step. The current analyst explained:
“World always tried to divide Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook because of Russ’s style of play. We need a pure point guard, he needs to defer to Kevin Durant more. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, they had their rough patches.”
“We know that Sam Presti grew up under what organization, the Spurs. They have a way of going about things. They’re cool-headed, they’re all about culture, they’re not about individual success.”
“Kevin Durant leaving had nothing to do with his relationship with Westbrook”: Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins further explained how KD wanted to carry himself in a different way. Kendrick added:
“When KD won MVP, I was there. Nike, this is a fact, Nike wanted to put a big-sized poster of Kevin Durant. They will not let him, they’ll not let KD brand himself enough because it was too much about the team.”
“And that play, the biggest factor in why Kevin Durant left, because he was tired of being on to that culture and that’s why when we saw him get to Golden State, we saw a different Kevin Durant.”
“He started speaking out more freely, he started carrying himself in a different way because he wasn’t able to be that Kevin Durant in OKC.”
Kevin and Russ shared a very special brother-like bond at OKC. Obviously, with Durant splitting ways would hurt Westbrook. Although, KD did what he thought was the best for him. He needed to play with a team where he could grow himself as a player much beyond what Oklahoma City had to offer.
Clearly, KD’s gruesome decision had worked out for the best for him. Alongside Steph Curry, he led the team to two championships in his three-year stint with GSW.