Steve Kerr: Warriors to ‘Re-Imagine Everything and Adapt Accordingly’

The Warriors need to “re-imagine everything and adapt accordingly” until All-Star guard Klay Thompson returns to action, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

Kerr says he’s excited to “implement everything” similar to what he went through during his first year in Golden State.

Kerr adds that he looks forward to a “lot of new beginnings” for the Dubs next season.

Per The Athletic:

“That first year we had to implement everything — that takes time,” Kerr told The Athletic. “It’s exciting, and that’s what we’re going to do with the new group, so that’s really exciting.

“That part excites me. It’s going to be much more similar to Year 1 for my staff.”

Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins are no longer on the team and Andre Iguodala was traded to try to reshape the roster on the fly. Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 of the Finals, which is expected to keep him out months.

“Klay being out is really the big change,” Kerr said. “Losing Kevin, Andre, Shaun, obviously, those are huge losses. Losing Klay on top of all that really changes the way we’re going to have to play at both ends. Klay was always an integral part of everything. Movement on offense, but also the guarding of the ballhandler on defense, switching onto bigs. So until he gets back, we’ve got to re-imagine everything and adapt accordingly.”

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Kevin Durant: ‘I Don’t Trust Nobody’ in OKC

The “venomous toxic” reception OKC greeted Kevin Durant with during his first game back in the city as an opponent was deeply hurtful.

Durant says he will “never be attached to that city again because of that.”

KD adds that he considers folks within the Thunder organization “fake.”

Per The WSJ:

“People coming to my house and spray-painting on the for sale signs around my neighborhood,” he recalls. “People making videos in front of my house and burning my jerseys and calling me all types of crazy names.”

At his first game in Oklahoma City as a visitor—February 2017—fans yowled for blood and brandished cupcakes, because Durant was supposedly soft. “Such a venomous toxic feeling when I walked into that arena,” he says. “And just the organization, the trainers and equipment managers, those dudes is pissed off at me? Ain’t talking to me? I’m like, Yo, this is where we going with this? Because I left a team and went to play with another team?”

His mother recalls one particularly appalling piece of video: a Thunder fan firing bullets into a No. 35 jersey. Bullets—after she and Durant and half his extended family relocated to Oklahoma, after they embraced the community, after Durant gave a million dollars to tornado victims.

“I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that,” Durant says. “I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I don’t trust nobody there. That shit must have been fake, what they was doing. The organization, the GM, I ain’t talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left.”

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Kevin Durant: ‘I’m Just Different from the Rest’ of the Warriors

Kevin Durant, over time, grew to realize he was simply “different” from the rest of his now-former Warriors teammates.

“I’ll never be of those guys,” Durant says after bolting from the Dubs as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

KD also believes Golden State’s motion offense “only works to a certain point.”

Per The WSJ:

“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted,” he says. “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.”

That he stood out, stood apart from the group, felt preordained.

“As time went on,” he says, “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 get a full acceptance of me there.”

From a strictly competitive, strategic standpoint, Durant had come to fear that Golden State had hit a ceiling.

“The motion offense we run in Golden State, it only works to a certain point,” he says. “We can totally rely on only our system for maybe the first two rounds. Then the next two rounds we’re going to have to mix in individual play. We’ve got to throw teams off, because they’re smarter in that round of playoffs. So now I had to dive into my bag, deep, to create stuff on my own, off the dribble, isos, pick-and-rolls, more so than let the offense create my points for me.”

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Kevin Durant: ‘Some Days I Hate the NBA’

Kevin Durant hates the NBA some days.

“I hate the circus of the NBA,” says Durant.

KD adds that he’s especially bothered by how “the business” of the League can negatively affect players.

Per The WSJ:

“Some days I hate the NBA,” Kevin Durant says wearily.

He’s facedown on a padded table, wearing dark workout shorts, a weathered gray DMX T-shirt, a Washington Redskins fleece draped over his shoulders. A physical therapist leans over him, wafting circulation-boosting lasers up and down his surgically repaired right calf.

“Some days I hate the circus of the NBA,” he says. “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.”

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Kevin Durant Trashes OKC in Interview

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Kevin Durant’s free-agent departure to the Golden State Warriors in 2016 brought anger to Oklahoma City Thunder fans. One fan even went so far as to record himself shooting bullets at Durant’s jersey!

These actions though have pushed Durant away from the city in which he spent eight seasons.

At his first game in Oklahoma City as a visitor—February 2017—fans yelled for blood and brandished cupcakes, because Durant was supposedly soft.

“Such a venomous toxic feeling when I walked into that arena,” he says. “And just the organization, the trainers and equipment managers, those dudes is pissed off at me? Ain’t talking to me? I’m like, Yo, this is where we going with this? Because I left a team and went to play with another team?”

Durant says that he intended to return to Oklahoma City at one point, but that won’t be happening now.

“I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that,” Durant says. “I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I don’t trust nobody there. That shit must have been fake, what they was doing. The organization, the GM, I ain’t talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left.”

Durant averaged 27.4 points, seven rebounds, and 3.7 assists across 641 appearances for OKC. He is now is recovering from an Achilles injury, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see him play this season.

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Kevin Durant: ‘I’m Excited About This Group’

Kevin Durant is excited about the Nets’ roster, and says others will step up as he recovers from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Durant adds that “this is a fresh start for everybody” in Brooklyn.

KD also gushed about new All-Star teammate Kyrie Irving.

Per The NY Post:

“I’m excited about this group,” Durant told sneakerhead/gaming influencer Chris Henderson in a YouTube video. “Obviously with me not starting off the season and obviously being injured, you’re going to see a lot of guys step up and do some things and go to another level as a player.”

Still, until Durant returns, much of the burden is going to fall on Kyrie Irving. Durant gushed about his fellow All-NBA star.

“He’ll make you feel a certain way when you watch him,” Durant said. “His movements, his mentality out there, his smarts for the game, his efficiency, he’s an all-around player.”

Durant also spoke about the Nets’ underrated depth and balance that they hope will let them stay afloat until his eventual return, whenever that may be.

“Like Caris [LeVert], Joe Harris, Taurean Prince, even the older guys like Garrett Temple, Kyrie, DeAndre [Jordan], I feel like everybody in this environment in going to step up, especially due to circumstances with me not being available,” Durant said. “I think everybody’s going to step up and take it to the next level. We’ve got great coaching, great front office, great fanbase that’s excited for something new. This is a fresh start for everybody, I feel.”

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