NBA Star Kevin Durant Says Warriors Not To Blame

Andrew D. Bernstein  NBAE via Getty Images

Andrew D. Bernstein NBAE via Getty Images

NBA Superstar Kevin Durant won back-to-back NBA Finals MVPs for the Golden State Warriors.

Since he left the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2019 NBA Free Agency, Kevin Durant sat for his first public interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The Warriors were heavily criticized in the wake of Durant's injury, but the 30-year-old put the idea that the team was to blame for his torn Achilles to rest.

Durant slowly straightened up with a perplexed expression on his face.

"Now I'm just waiting to get back", he said. It was only me and [trainer] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day.

Durant hit the floor with a thud early in the second quarter of Game 5 of the series and some fans at Scotiabank Arena began cheering before Raptors players urged them to stop.

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Durant had 11 points in just 12 minutes before leaving the game with an Achilles injury.

Durant, who turns 31 in September, agreed to a four-year contract in July worth up to $164 million to play for the Brooklyn Nets after spending the past three seasons with the Warriors, winning two titles and being named NBA Finals MVP twice. He spent the last three seasons with the Warriors, winning two National Basketball Association titles and earning Finals MVP twice.

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Durant, according to Haynes, "doesn't remember hearing the fans that night", but it's possible he just jump-started a new rivalry in the dramatically revamped Eastern Conference.

"I think other guys looked at it like, 'Why would I go and potentially be the face of a losing roster?'" McCollum told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod.

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