Durant says ex-OKC teammates’ poor shooting prompts him to leave
Almost four years later since his talked-about exit from Oklahoma, Kevin Durant offered a simple explanation on his departure.
And it boils down to his former teammates’ supposed poor outside shooting.
In the most recent episode of SHOWTIME Basketball’s All The Smoke, Durant said:
“In OKC I played with a lot of athletes, I didn’t play with a lot of skilled guys, shooters/ball handlers. I was like I need a change — before the season even started. I was tired of having to be the only guy that can make 3s, make jump shots consistently.”
In the same interview, Durant also bared that he’s already made up his mind to leave Oklahoma even before the Warriors beat the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals in 2016.
Kevin Durant on his decision to leave OKC for the Warriors:
“It didn’t matter if we had won or lost the series. I wanted to play there and live in the bay.”
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Durant left the Thunder to join Golden State following the 2016 season. In three seasons with the Dubs, Durant won back-to-back NBA Championships in 2017 and 2018 before tearing his Achilles during the 2019 Finals against Toronto. The Raptors went on to win the series 4-2.
Now with the Brooklyn Nets, Durant is working his way back from an Achilles injury.
He’s continued to take shots at Oklahoma City, as well as some of his former teammates, in interviews and on social media.