Kevin Durant is the first person an NBA player should talk to if they are worries about receiving backlash about joining another team. Last summer Durant made the decision to leave his hometown team, Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors.
Every one of his fans thought he was betraying his teammate Russell Westbrook and Westbrook was none too happy about his move either. After receiving a lot of hate from fans and even some fellow NBA players, Durant is speaking out about how he feels on Kyrie Irving leaving Cleveland for Boston.
Durant said, “When you’re around LeBron James, it’s so much that comes with that. It’s so much outside distractions, conversations, just noise that just comes around from being around LeBron James. This whole season is going to be about if LeBron is going to leave or not. I’m ready for a new challenge. All that stuff kind of met at the pinnacle of why he wanted to leave. It just felt like he just wanted a situation where he could just be free from all that and just play,” according to USA Today.
Irving made a decision that he thought would put his career where he wants it to be and you can’t blame him for that. Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Chris Paul have all done the same thing.