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Kevin Durant pushes back against the narrative that he was jealous The Warriors won the NBA title

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Kevin Durant has a lot on his plate right now, but media and fan stories aren’t something he craves.

As Durant deals with the drama surrounding the Brooklyn Nets and the status of teammate Kyrie Irving, he took the time to address the Warriors winning the 2022 NBA championship three years after leaving the franchise for New York.

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During the Warriors’ NBA Finals clash against the Boston Celtics, Durant was silent on social media by his standards, leading some to believe he might be jealous of his former teammates and what they were accomplishing without him.

According to Durant, that was the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, while talking to his friend Eddie Gonzalez about the latest episode of “The ETCs with Kevin Durant,” the two-time NBA champion said he enjoyed watching Steph Curry’s iconic Game 4 performance against the Celtics.

Rather than feeling any animosity towards the Warriors, Durant was proud to see them return to the top of the NBA, having played with Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney.

“I think since I’ve been in the league there’s been a dialogue about me versus my teammates, like me versus Russell [Westbrook]me against Steph and Draymond, me against Kyrie [Irving] now and james [Harden]”During said. “And a lot of people, when Golden State won, felt like they went back and said, ‘Well, if they had won this one, they could have easily won in 2017 and 2018 with anyone other than KD. But I’m just like, ‘Why anyone other than me? Like, why do you just want to take me out of the band? You know what I’m saying? That’s so irritating to hear that because I just want to watch the game.

“And I love those guys too. I played basketball with those guys and I was part of this dynasty that they’re building right now. I didn’t think they had a dynasty until now, until they won that fourth I got some pride, like fuck, I was part of something special, even though it was just two out of four championships, like, shit, JaVale McGee probably feels the same as me David West probably felt the same We all arrived at the same time with the Warriors and we had an amazing time.

“And to see them finish and continue, yes, you have a sense of pride to be part of it, but then you listen to the show and it’s like, ‘KD should feel like this.’ I’m just like, ‘Let’s go. Like, fuck, just let me enjoy what they’re doing instead of going against them’ because I’m always going to take my side.

“I’m not going to agree with you that I didn’t contribute to Dynasty. I did. So I don’t care if it makes you feel like I’m attacking the Warriors. I’m I’m always gonna take my side You know what I mean Because I felt like I was contributing positively every second I was in this arena, from practice, shootarounds, games. Like, you don’t take that away. I’m always going to hold him in high esteem, no matter how you try to put my former teammates against me, try to lie about my name and say I’m jealous and envious of these guys . , come on man, that’s childish.”

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Durant came to the Bay Area in the summer of 2016, helped the Warriors win two NBA titles and put his body on the line to try for a triple. He has bonded with key Warriors players, and whenever he sees Curry or Green before or after games, they always share brotherly hugs. He was in constant communication with Thompson as the shooter recovered from two serious leg injuries over two and a half years.

There is no jealousy. What happiness for his former running mates.

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