OAKLAND — As has become tradition whenever a team that pursued Kevin Durant arrives in town, the Golden State Warriors forward is asked why he said “no” to the given club.
With the Dubs hosting the New York Knicks on Thursday night, Durant explained why he didn’t so much as take a formal meeting with Eastern Conference squad.
“Uh, because I didn’t want to,” Durant said. “It’s simple.”
Durant passed up on meeting with the Knicks even as he spent late June training in New York City with USA Basketball teammate Carmelo Anthony.
“I mean, I didn’t want to lead everybody on,” Durant said. “I’ve got a lot of friends in the league and I got calls throughout the summer, but I made the best decision that I wanted to make, the best decision for me. I’m happy that I’m here now. All that other stuff is in the past.”
Durant added that he still has “great respect” for Melo and Phil Jackson, New York’s president of basketball ops.
“Melo and I remain great friends,” Durant said. “That’s what’s most important. We didn’t let that get in between the friendship.”
The ‘Superstar’ unicorn
Durant is proud of bestowing the nickname “unicorn” on Kristaps Porzingis last January.
“I’m taking full credit for that one,” Durant joked. “I’ve seen someone else use it.”
He also continues to be impressed with 7-foot-three Latvian and his ability to shoot 3’s, get to the rim and run the floor.
“You can see why he’s going to be a superstar in this league.”