Former teammates of KD’s, and the organization have openly stated they respect his decision to move on with the Brooklyn Nets. There seemed to be no hard feelings. The Warriors are even taking the respect one step further, and are retiring his jersey.
Now it seems behind the scenes not everyone is happy.
According to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, the team isn’t as fond of his decision as they have let on. During his most recent podcast, Simmons spoke about how Steph Curry took a plane from China all the way to New York just so he could have a last-second meeting to try and sway KD’s decision.
As Simmons explained, Durant announced his decision while Curry was still in the air which has led to some resentment.
“About an hour before the plane lands, all of a sudden it’s KD is gonna be announcing on his Instagram that night, all this stuff and Curry’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then it gets announced he’s signing with Brooklyn,” Simmons explained. “Curry’s plane hasn’t landed yet. He lands and decides to do the dignified thing and he goes to meet KD anyway, basically to say goodbye to him. But, from what I’ve heard, the Warriors took that personally.”
Simmons’ comments contradict reports stating Steph was merely flying to New York to tell express gratitude for all KD has done for the organization.
The Warriors still reportedly believed they had a chance to sway Durant and Steph was a part of this recruitment plan. Too little too late.
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