Kevin Durant is Now a Warrior
Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant holds up his jersey after he was introduced during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
July 4th, 2016 will be one of the most memorable days for the NBA, because of the decision of free agent Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors for a two year $54.3 million player opt out contract.
This at a time where the Warriors have made it known that they are at an elite status in the league, and by adding one of the greatest scorers in the history of the game to their team, it will only be right to expect championships in the near future.
In 2007, Durant received National College player of the Year, in 2008 he accomplished the award of NBA Rookie of the Year, and he is a 4x NBA scoring champion. In 2012, Durant was the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
Durant was drafted from Texas University in 2007, he was the first round and second pick overall, selected by the Seattle Supersonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 7x NBA All-Star played with the Thunder for nine consecutive years. “It was tough because I have been there for so long but this new journey I am excited for and looking forward to, those nine years you cannot erase and that love never fades,” Durant said.
In 2014, Durant won his first MVP with the Thunder after playing in the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder lost in the Conference Finals to the Spurs, 4-2.
At the age of 27, Durant has been to the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 playoffs but has never won a championship. “But this next step in my life, I want to conquer it and get better every single day,” said Durant.
“We think he suits us perfectly & the combo of all these guys playing together should be a lot of fun to watch.”
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) July 10, 2016
The Washington native will now be wearing a new jersey but the same number with the Golden State franchise.
“I just felt like these group of guys are real and I have heard nothing but great things about this organization and they are a huge family,” Durant said.
Now with point guard Stephen Curry, Durant will have a chance to play with another NBA All-Star. Durant will also have a chance to play with other champions such as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala.
Some Thunder fans may be disappointed in Durant’s decision but Durant stated that he cannot be worried about the outside noise and he had to make this decision to help him grow as a man.