Stephen Curry broke his silence and issued his thoughts on Kevin Durant heading east to join the Brooklyn Nets.
Ever since Kevin Durant abandoned Golden State and fled to the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors camp has been oddly hushed. Well, that deafening silence was broken today, as de facto team spokesperson and two-time MVP, Stephen Curry, spoke to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols about the colossal July event.
Curry alluded to the fact that the Warriors’ general makeup would be greatly affected next season, going as far to say that he “wish(ed) we could still play with K.” At the same time, Curry anticipated head-to-head matchups with his former teammate down the line.
”At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice at the forefront, and K, you know, made a decision for himself and you can’t argue that,” admitted Curry. “I wish we could still play with K. He’s an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together. But — you know, things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But we’re gonna have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front, too.”
Of course, it wasn’t all smiles and compliments coming Durant’s way.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal’s J.R. Moehringer, Durant let off some chippy words about the Warrior offense. He also stated that he “never could get full acceptance” in Golden State while playing alongside homegrown talents like Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
To this, Curry responded with a pair of polite clap-backs, first tackling KD’s comments on Steve Kerr’s offense.
“Well, I don’t care what plays we ran,” Curry said. “We won two championships. And at the end of the day, we had a lotta talent and there was an expectation of us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn’t always perfect, but I think in terms of, you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I’d rather have some championships, too.”
And then, his thoughts on KD’s wariness about his role in Golden State.
“Nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end of the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision (to join Brooklyn) and however he wants to explain that — that’s just what’s gonna happen.”
Hopefully, Curry is telling the truth and his relationship with his former teammate is just as strong as ever. However, from the selfish standpoint of loving competitive NBA basketball, I certainly hope we are witnessing a brewing new rivalry between two top-20 all-time talents.