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Kevin Durant on the Warriors: ‘I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost’ in the NBA Finals

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Kevin Durant’s arrival at Golden State has so raised expectations for the Warriors that anything less than an NBA championship will be considered a disaster.
(Darryl Dyck / Canadian Press)

Don’t get any crazy ideas from Kevin Durant.

When you’re just starting out with a new employer, by all means avoid telling them how happy you were they failed at their most recent endeavor.

But for the latest superstar to join the Golden State Warriors’ roster, that rule apparently doesn’t apply.

Attending a ceremony where the Warriors were honored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Durant said of his new team, “I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost” in the 2016 NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers after setting an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins.

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Of course what Durant meant was that made it easier for him to join the Warriors this summer as a free agent.

He told the audience he started dreaming about what it would be like to play with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and company during Game 7 of the Finals, even as his agent told him there was no way that could happen.

“I was just like a kid, like, in a candy shop,” Durant remembered thinking. “I’d get wide open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide open layups. I was basically begging him. I was like, yo, this would be nice. So as I was thinking about my decision and who I was gonna play for, this team came to mind.

“You know, as they lost, it became more and more real every day. You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about it though because they didn’t get the job done and they came after me. …

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“I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”

charles.schilken@latimes.com

Twitter: @chewkiii


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