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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant says he “sacrificed a lot of s—” when he joined the team in 2016, and doesn’t care about individual accomplishments as much as he used to.
“I sacrificed a lot of s— to be here and to change my game up to be with these guys,” Durant told The Athletic. “And it was worth it.”
The former MVP plays alongside All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and now DeMarcus Cousins, and knew he wouldn’t receive as many touches when he signed with the Warriors.
Three years later, Durant said he’s “cool” with the sacrifices he made, even as he watches former teammate James Harden receive a majority of the Rockets’ touches and average over 30 points per game.
“I watched James and I see what he’s doing and I admire what he’s doing and I appreciate what he’s doing,” Durant explained. “Before, I would’ve been, ‘F—, I wish that was me.’ 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. I’m cool with it, you know what I’m saying?”
Durant will be a free agent at the end of the season, and has consistently been linked to the New York Knicks.
Longtime NBA analyst Ric Bucher, who is currently with Bleacher Report, went as far to say Durant to the Knicks is a “done deal.”
“From everything I’ve heard, it’s done,” he said. “Yes, he’s leaving … If he so much as gets [the Knicks] into the Conference Finals, he will be beloved there like he never has been at Golden State after 2 Championships.”
However, Durant said he doesn’t care what people think of him.
“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,” Durant told The Athletic. “But I wanted to be a part of this so bad, I didn’t give a f—.”
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