Kevin Durant's 2018 NBA season ended on a note that no player would ever want. After being away for part of the Golden State Warriors playoffs, KD returned to the pitch in the fifth game of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, before the unthinkable happen. Durant broke his Achilles.
The Warriors then lost in their quest for three rounds and a few weeks later, everyone learned that during the replay, Durant will play in a different uniform. The star player 10 times decided to call on his talents for Brooklyn and now, reports revealed that his friend and former teammate Steph Curry "had personally learned the news". So it's the end of an era for the Warriors, a friendship between Durant and Curry?
Curry learned of Durant's decision by flying to meet him.
Following the announcement that Durant has agreed to sign with the Nets, several reports report how Curry, who helped him recruit him three years earlier, learned of Durant's departure. Curry was about to try to convince Durant to come back when he discovered that the latter was leaving.
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Curry would have learned that KD was no longer his teammate while he was flying between China and New York to give him a last step to stay with the Warriors.
Bill Simmons noted on his podcast that Curry was flying back and had "a determined time with KD to talk with him and to greet everything. "Hey, here's what we think of you" and convince him to stay, and if Durant does not stay, they'll talk about it. "
Apparently, it has arrived.
"About an hour before landing the plane, suddenly, KD will announce on his Instagram that night, all this and Curry like:" What's going on? "Said Simmons." And then, it is announced that he signs with Brooklyn. Curry's plane has not landed yet. He lands and decides to do the right thing and he will still meet KD, basically to say goodbye. "
Even though they may not be as tight as they were today in different teams and on opposite shores, Curry would probably not have been able to go to see Durant if he intended to end to their friendship. Although Simmons revealed to have heard the team "take the news personally," the Warriors also take the high road and pay tribute to Durant.
Warriors will withdraw from Durant's number
In Brooklyn, Durant will wear a No. 7 jersey, but no one on Golden State will wear the number 35 that he wore, at least not in the foreseeable future.
The Warriors are obviously not happy with KD's decision to leave, but the team does not display raisins. Instead, they show only appreciation for the man who helped them win two more championships by removing his jersey number.
"Three years ago, we were thrilled with the arrival of Kevin Durant, a transforming player from the NBA and one of the best to have ever played the game," said Joe Lacob, CEO of Warriors . in a report. "He provided our fans and the franchise with many strengths during his stay here: two NBA championships, two MVP Finals NBA, three trips to the final, an unparalleled efficiency. I am co-president of this team, no more player will be more 35th for the Warriors. "
Of course, the team will also take off the # 30 Curry jersey one day and, even if their friendship does not last, their jerseys will always be hanging next to each other in the attic to remind them what they have accomplished together.
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