Kevin Durant’s final two NBA stops — Golden State and Oklahoma Metropolis — led to ugly breakups and extremely publicized exits. The Nets, he mentioned, will likely be totally different.
When Durant picked Brooklyn final offseason, he signed a four-year, $164 million contract that has an opt-out after the third season. That might let him return onto the free-agent market in 2022-23. Contemplating he missed this season following Achilles surgical procedure, that might lower the Nets’ window of competition to only two years.
However Durant went on The Player Tribune’s “Text Message Talk Show” on Thursday, and mentioned he plans to make Brooklyn the ultimate cease of his surefire Corridor of Fame profession.
“As of at the moment, this second, sure…” Durant texted on the present.
Durant will likely be 34 going into that fourth player-option season — and LeBron James already is 35 however going robust as he goals to shut out his fourth title Friday — in order that information will likely be welcome to Nets followers. Particularly contemplating their star participant’s final two stops.
After eight high-scoring seasons with the Thunder, Durant opted to go away for the Warriors, who had rallied from 3-1 all the way down to beat Oklahoma Metropolis within the earlier yr’s Western Convention finals. He was excoriated by followers league-wide. Durant went on to win a pair of Finals MVP awards for Golden State, however a blowup with Warriors teammate Draymond Inexperienced hastened his exit there. He appeared on the verge of claiming a 3rd ring, however suffered a season-ending Achilles damage throughout the 2019 NBA Finals towards the Raptors.
After being operated on at Hospital for Particular Surgical procedure by Dr. Martin O’Malley (the Nets’ staff orthopedist), Durant joined Brooklyn. And he mentioned the lengthy street again, one which finally can have saved him away from the courtroom for 18 months.
“The hardest factor was the damage stopping the momentum I used to be on, I used to be in a pleasant groove shootin and pondering the sport … I used to be having a lot enjoyable enjoying and to not be round for a yr was Wack lol however it was cool to get some private time to myself so I’m a little bit conflicted,” Durant texted on the present.
“It was powerful, I simply needed to verify I used to be going 100% each rep, it doesn’t matter what it was. It’s a course of recovering from an Achilles, needed to have endurance and after I see a courtroom I’m all the time on 10 lol. I needed to study to chill out.”
Durant is anticipated to be 100% wholesome for coaching camp, as is Kyrie Irving, who noticed this season lower brief after simply 20 appearances attributable to shoulder surgical procedure. New head coach Steve Nash will benefit from each stars being totally match, but in addition the respect and friendship of each Durant and Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks.
“I’m enthusiastic about Coach Nash…I feel he’s gonna construct a enjoyable tradition in Brooklyn….having a former participant stroll the sidelines is all the time dope to see,” texted Durant, who expressed confidence within the Corridor of Famer’s communication.
“I felt like Sean Marks all the time had a relationship with steve…he’s a superb basketball thoughts however on prime of that he’s an ideal communicator…..every little thing he did on the courtroom was environment friendly so hopefully he brings that mentality to our staff.”
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