During Durant's time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was the centerpiece of that franchise, leading the league in points scored for five consecutive years from 2010 to 2014.
Two NBA championships (and two Finals MVPs).
It seems as though - unless the unlikely occurs and Durant returns to pair up with Westbrook again later on down the road - Russ will be considering KD a bozo for the foreseeable future, especially if he re-ups and stays the course with the Warriors after he hits free agency this offseason.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about West's quote on Monday, and downplayed the idea that anything insane was going on behind the scenes. "I know when I took this job I thought we could be really good", Kerr said.
Over two seasons with Golden State, Durant has averaged 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists. "This place gives me that", Durant said.
"I think it's more that "we have to figure this out", it's not like anybody is pointing the finger or blaming one another". "I'm happy I'll be able dial up some of them and get some equity in that deal when it comes to being able to talk amongst the greats and experience what they experienced".
Durant then used that context, of the conditions under which certain players have displayed that greatness, to offer arguably his most eyebrow-raising observation: "I feel like it's easy to be the best player when you don't have good players around you". I pride myself on standing out wherever I am. Who knows? I might want to be a coach or a GM or an owner or somebody that works guys out or somebody that's trying to tell basketball stories like Kobe [Bryant].