Kevin Durant on Warriors: “As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys”


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Two-time NBA champion forward Kevin Durant, who signed to a four-year, $164 million max contract with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, talked on his time with the Golden State Warriors:

“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted. But I’ll never be one of those guys. I didn’t get drafted there. … Steph Curry, obviously drafted there. Andre Iguodala, won the first Finals, first championship. Klay Thompson, drafted there. Draymond Green, drafted there. And the rest of the guys kind of rehabilitated their careers there.

So me? Shit, how you going to rehabilitate me? What you going to teach me? How can you alter anything in my basketball life? I got an MVP already. I got scoring titles. As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys. It’s not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could [give] a full acceptance of me there,” Durant told the Wall Street Journal’s J.R. Moehringer.

This past season, the 30-year-old averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.