Kevin Durant Finally Reveals Why He Left The Thunder In 2016

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Kevin Durant Finally Reveals Why He Left The Thunder In 2016


On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies as a new nation–the United States of America–and no longer part of the British Empire. The day would become an American holiday; a day of pride, remembrance, and celebration across the great nation. Fireworks bursting in front of the night sky while sparklers are glaring in front of a young child’s immense grin are common images thought upon for the Fourth of July.

But, in 2016, it was way different. An Independence Day decision made by one of the NBA’s greatest players would send thousands of Oklahoma City Thunder fans–as well as NBA fans in general–into a tizzy, upsettingly remembering the news they heard that morning.

What was the horrible news? The city’s most beloved son, Kevin Durant had decided to part ways with the team to join forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in Golden State with the Warriors.

Four years and two championships later, Kevin Durant, now with the Brooklyn Nets, finally revealed why he left the Thunder. During an appearance on the All The Smoke Podcast with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, KD said:


“I was tired of having to be the only guy that could make threes, make jump shots. Consistently make them. My mind was already thinking about ‘How can I develop my game?’ more so than the Warriors versus Thunder…I just wanted to keep developing my game.”


Len Werle

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