Durant officially introduced as a Warrior
Splash: Kevin Durant's big move to the Golden State Warriors is done.
The Warriors formally announced the signing of the six-time All-Star selection on Thursday and introduced him with fanfare during a news conference at the team's downtown Oakland practice facility, where screens read, "WELCOME KD TO DUB NATION."
Durant said his meeting with the Warriors' brass last Friday in the Hamptons a contingent that also included the Splash Brothers of MVP Stephen Curry and All-Star Klay Thompson had a "great vibe throughout the whole day."
"It's been hectic," Durant said. "There's a lot of attention that comes with being in this position. I felt as comfortable as I ever felt. ... It was organic, it was authentic, it was real. It was a feeling I couldn't ignore. ... I'm just ready to play ball."
Durant, a four-time scoring champion, stepped onto the podium to big cheers.
When asked if he was taking a short cut to a championship, Durant said he thought his move was "the hardest road".
Durant said his decision to leave Oklahoma City and the Thunder was the hardest thing he had to do in his life.
"I went back and forth for two or three days," Durant said.
After meeting with Warriors players and team managment Durant said he couldn't ignore his feelings and said the team felt organic, authentic and real.
Durant said he spoke with Westbrook after the move and said Westbrook wasn't happy with the decision but respected it as a friend.
"I haven't made the decision yet, but he might start," NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr joked, sitting next to a smiling Durant.
Durant announced his decision Monday in a story on "The Players' Tribune," then Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals. He joins the NBA runner-up Warriors who rallied from 3-1 down to beat Durant's former Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling seven-game Western Conference Finals before losing the finals in seven games to Cleveland on a two-year contract worth more than $54 million. There is a player option after the first year.
"You never expect to get this much better," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. "... I'm just excited to watch you play. I'm honored you're here, I'm honored you chose us."
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