Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was on Bill Simmons’ HBO show Any Given Wednesday Wednesday night, and the interview gave Durant a forum to expand upon his decision to leave Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Bay Area.
The relationship Durant held with Westbrook during their tenure together in Oklahoma City was often a point of discussion. There were times when the chemistry between the two didn’t seem particularly great, and then there were times they looked like best friends and dominated together on the court.
The 2014 MVP had this to say about leaving Westbrook behind, via Anthony Slater of The Mercury News: “It was difficult to tell him I was leaving, obviously, because we’ve been together for so much. But at the same time, it’s something I had to do, a decision I made…I have to live with it. Nobody else does.”
That sentiment of it being Durant versus the world also came up in the context of his overall decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors. He expressed dismay towards those who couldn’t see his rationale, saying, “No one cares about what I want as a person. It was all about what I do on the basketball court…Why should I care what they think if they don’t care about me as a whole?”
The Warriors infamously came up one game short of winning the NBA championship after winning a regular-season record 73 games and taking a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Golden State reached the Finals by erasing a 3-1 deficit against Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors and Thunder will first get together on Nov. 3 at Golden State before Durant returns to OKC on Feb. 11.