Nets star Kevin Durant says warriors must retire his numbers

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Kevin Durant reacts to a play during the Golden State Warriors game.

Kevin Durant only spent three seasons with the Golden State Warriors but in his mind he should be remembered at all times as one of the team’s greatest players.

In an interview with “The Ringer”‘s Logan Murdock featured in a piece published Thursday, March 31, the former NBA MVP said that both of his former teams – the Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC) – all have to retire. jerseys to respect the game of basketball.

“OKC has to retire my jersey. It wouldn’t even be good for the game of basketball if they didn’t,” said Durant. “Similar to the Golden State.”

Durant continued, noting what he believes his current team, the Brooklyn Nets, will retire his jersey number.

“I’m still doing what I’m doing here in Brooklyn, but if I continue what I’m doing for another four or five years, then I’ll feel the same way about this show,” Durant added. “I’d better have a house. Because I feel like I’m playing basketball. I breathe it. This is my DNA. I have given time and respect and love to each show on and off the floor to earn such recognition. If I don’t, it’s a personal matter.”

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Durant’s time at the Golden State was short, but very successful

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GettyBrooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is defended by Golden State Warriors keeper Stephen Curry during a routine game of the 2020 season.

Durant arrived at Golden State in 2016 after spending his first nine NBA seasons in Oklahoma City. He only stayed with the Warriors for three years, but their three great years.

The Dubs won trips to the NBA Finals every season Durant was a member of the team, winning consecutive championships in 2017 and 2018. He also won the Finals MVP in both of those series. Golden State also made it to the Finals in 2019, losing to the Toronto Raptors in six games after Durant tore his achilles tendon and Klay Thompson tore his ACL.

Durant was selected All-Star in all three years he played with the Warriors, an honor he has won in 12 of his 15 professional seasons. The only three times he failed to win that title were his rookie year, his second season and in 2020, when he missed the entire campaign due to an injured achilles.

The case against Durant’s Jersey retirement is that it was never ‘his team’

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GettySteph Curry (left) and Kevin Durant (right) appeared together in the game for the Golden State Warriors.

While Durant has produced great numbers – averaging 25.1-26.4 points along with 6.4-8.3 rebounds and 4.8-5.9 assists per game in each of his three years him with Dubs – it could be argued he wasn’t even the best player on the team. Some will honor that distinction for two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry title.

No matter how split hairs are made to say one is better than the other, there’s one simple fact that can’t be disputed – even if Durant was the Warriors’ best player of those three seasons, Golden State has never been his team. The franchise has always belonged to Curry.

The other argument against Durant is that he took the easy route when he joined the Warriors. During his career, Durant has featured in 4 NBA Finals. Three of those were at Golden State, as were both of his Finals wins. The Warriors were a team that made it to the Finals twice in a row, won the NBA championship and won the best regular season record in league history before Durant got there.

Perhaps three years is enough time to retire a player’s shirt when there is as much success as Dubs achieved while Durant played there, and maybe not. But the debate surrounding Durant’s claim to history in the Gulf is certainly an interesting one. Nets star Kevin Durant says warriors must retire his numbers

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