Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said on 95.7 The Game that he walked into New York’s Pride Parade immediately after Kevin Durant told him he was leaving the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets.
“I walked out, I didn’t know where I was,” Myers said on the Joe, Lo & Dibs show on Tuesday. “I got swept up in the parade.”
He said he was trying to call Warriors owner Joe Lacob to relay the news about Durant, but he “couldn’t hear anything.”
“Guy’s caught up in a parade in Greenwich Village,” one of the hosts of the show said moments later before they all broke out in laughter.
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“Trying to wheel and deal on Durant,” another of the hosts chimed in.
“That’s crazy, bro,” the third host declared.
“Someone in the parade was like ‘You don’t want to be here.’ I was like, ‘I’ve got no problem with the parade, I’ve just got to work,'” Myers recalled.
Finally, he found a relatively quiet spot and told Lacob the news, then called the Warriors’ front office to let them know about Durant’s decision.
After recalling that story, Myers shed some light on how Durant left the Warriors through a trade that sent him to the Nets instead of just signing with the team as a free agent.
“People forget, Kevin didn’t have to do anything as far as cooperating,” Myers said. “Brooklyn had space to sign him, which means Kevin could have said, ‘See ya later.'”
But Myers spoke with Durant’s camp to work out the sign-and-trade deal that netted the Warriors All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell. After Durant agreed to work with the Warriors to make sure that they got something out of him leaving the Bay, Myers said he was up all night trying to work out the Durant-Russell deal.
“I didn’t go to bed until 4 or something in the morning,” Myers said.
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