“Ever since I got here, it’s been the Warriors and KD,” says superstar scoring sensation Kevin Durant, the two-time NBA Finals MVP who somehow still can’t get the love in Golden State. To Durant’s credit — he has always been smart and an astute observer — he says he understands.
He says his teammates know what he brings to the team and to the Warriors organization. But Durant recognizes that “people on the outside” never will. To them, Durant is different. His status is singular. He’s not like the others.
“I’ve done everything I can to be part of this culture,” Durant explains. “These last two years, I’ve done everything that they asked me to do.” Still he recognizes that those people on the outside “don’t like to see us together.” (They treat Durant like an intruder, like kids treat a stepdad who started out as Mom’s affair.)
That us in “they don’t like to see us together” is the other Warriors, the team that memorably won a title without Kevin Durant and set an NBA regular season record for wins with 73. It’s classic us vs. them, with Durant on the them side. Some fans won’t forget the pre-Durant success and always treat Durant like a third wheel, even if these days he’s more like the engine.
The Warriors finished off the Rockets and swept the Blazers while Durant recovers from an injury, only adding fuel to the “we don’t need KD” fire. Durant, being a confident superstar, regrets that people feel that way, but he’s pretty cool about it. He can’t change it, he can only play, and bring his monster game.