Kevin Durant is excited about starting a new journey with the Nets, but recently revealed some of his frustrations with the NBA.
“Some days I hate the NBA,” Durant told WSJ. Magazine for the September Men’s Style Issue.
“Some days I hate the circus of the NBA. Some days I hate that the players let the NBA business, the fame that comes with the business, alter their minds about the game. Sometimes I don’t like being around the executives and politics that come with it. I hate that.”
Durant did note that “without basketball I wouldn’t have done much on earth.”
Durant, who decided to wear No. 7 for the Nets after signing with the team in the opening hours of free agency, is looking forward to joining his “best friend in the league,” Kyrie Irving, once he recovers from the torn Achilles he suffered with the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last season. Durant is expected to miss his entire first season in Brooklyn, while he rehabs from the injury, but has offered some hope he could be back.
The four-time scoring champ also opened up about his time with the Warriors, claiming that he didn’t feel part of the team.
“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted,” Durant told the magazine. “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? S–t, 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.”
He said he began to realize that he was “just different” from the rest of the team, but made a point to squash any rumor that he and Green ended on bad terms after an early-season argument between the two forwards.
The 10-time All-Star added that he felt the offense that Golden State runs “only works to a certain point.” Durant believes the Warriors can only get away with their offensive system for the first two rounds of the playoffs, noting they would mix in individual play as the postseason wore on.
Durant’s freedom to experiment with his improvisational game played a part in where he decided to sign during the offseason.
“It didn’t feel as great as it could have been,” Durant said of his tenure with Golden State, alluding to the media speculation and fan anxiety.