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#1 Tensai

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:43 AM

 

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine 6m6 minutes ago

Kevin Durant will sign a two-year deal with the Warriors at $54.3 million, league sources say, with a Player Option for Year 2

 

 

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This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.

 

The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.

 

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

 

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

 

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:47 AM

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:51 AM

Are the Warriors officially the enemy of the NBA?


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:51 AM

:o wow...

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:56 AM

Wow. I really believed he was going to stay in OKC

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:02 AM

Brutal for them in OKC. He walks and they get nothing in return. Owie


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:06 AM

he ain't cut from that cloth. Lost major respect. You can't take the challenge so you run from it.

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:12 AM

Wow! And to think that the Warriors couldn't get any more lethal...


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:22 AM

Insane. Good thing Lakers aren't in the contender mode right now. Would be pointless for a few years.
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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:32 AM

After thinking about this for a bit...

 

On the one hand from Kevin Durant's perspective, I can understand where he is coming from and why he feels that move is the best for him personally. After leading the Thunder to numerous deep playoff runs and an NBA finals appearance, but still coming up short after 9 years. That's just part of business.

 

On the other hand from how Kevin Durant might be perceived after this, I feel that he might have lost a lot of respect from many fans across the league. To essentially choke against the Warriors in the conference Finals after leading the series 3-1, to then go and join them immediately afterwards...it almost makes me think that it is possible for Durant to get more flak than LeBron did when he first left Cleveland for Miami.

 

I feel for the OKC fans and also wish KD the best.


Edited by -Wade-, July 04, 2016 - 08:35 AM.
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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:34 AM

wow

 

im so shoocked

 

but i dont understand the hate

 

he played in okc since 2008 !!! I mean guys, lets think of this.. okc is not a place to play forever there...its jujst a new fresh air for him in cali


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:38 AM

Lost respect, major amounts. Think Jordan would have joined the Pistons? What's the point of watching when only three competitive teams next year

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:41 AM

wow

 

im so shoocked

 

but i dont understand the hate

 

he played in okc since 2008 !!! I mean guys, lets think of this.. okc is not a place to play forever there...its jujst a new fresh air for him in cali

 

I agree with you, from KD's perspective it is reasonable to feel like change might be needed after coming up short for nearly a decade.

 

At the same time, there are going to be some people who unquestionably lose respect for a player whose new idea of winning consists of team-hopping instead of continuing to grind and build a better team at your home.

 

Personally, I'm not a fan of the team-hopping strategy.


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:46 AM

Once he had the phone call with Jerry West, I knew it was a done deal.  Just felt that way.

 

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:52 AM

"The BasedGod" wants to speak,As life unravels and superstars make decisions that change lifes, welcome home KD the curse is lifted - Lil B


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:56 AM

 

"The BasedGod" wants to speak,As life unravels and superstars make decisions that change lifes, welcome home KD the curse is lifted - Lil B

 

 

LOL OH SNAP! Warriors are winning the Finals next year for sure now.


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 09:00 AM

Once he had the phone call with Jerry West, I knew it was a done deal. Just felt that way.

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I literally just posted this exact sentiment in the FA thread one minute prior to you.

That's when I knew.

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 09:08 AM

good.

 

Clay Bennett is a fat worthless weasel who never deserves to see his team win a godamn thing. I'm gonna laugh when Westbrook walks next year



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Posted July 04, 2016 - 09:09 AM

He had a phone call with Jerry West? Sources?


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 09:13 AM

Are the Warriors officially the enemy of the NBA?

Maybe, but one thing's for sure, enemy or not, beloved or not, they should be the most nationally televised for damn sure.
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