Late Monday night, San Jose Mercury News' Anthony Slater spoke with the Golden State Warriors' prized free agent signing from this summer — Kevin Durant.
Slater proposed Durant with a “what if” scenario: what if the Warriors had won the Finals last year? Would it have affected Durant's decision to sign with Golden State?
Durant's response was nothing short of eye-popping:
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“I was telling one of my friends, (my agent) Rich (Kleiman), who's here, we were watching Game 7. Well, as it started to unfold, it was, 'No question, no way could you go to this team.' And I was just like a kid, like, I'd really like playing with these guys. I'd get wide open 3s. I could just run up and down the court, get wide open layups. I was basically begging him. I was like, yo, this would be nice. So as I was thinking about my decision and who I was gonna play for, this team came to mind. You know, as they lost, it became more real every day. You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them they kinda showed me. But we don't have to talk about it though because they didn't get the job done and they came after me and who knows what would've happened. But I guess you could say I'm glad that they lost.”
Wow. Not a stretch of the imagination to say the shocking Game 7 result of the 2016 Finals sculpted the landscape of the NBA for years to come.
Interesting quote from Kevin Durant on watching the Warriors in Game 7 of the Finals and whether he would've come if they won pic.twitter.com/3LiOEnaLCC