Clearly, Durant never felt that love in Golden State. T…

Clearly, Durant never felt that love in Golden State. Though he rubbished the narrative that he left because of a one-off tiff with Draymond Green that he dismissed as “a bulls–t argument that meant nothing,” he admitted he always felt like an outsider, saying he’s “just different” than his old Warriors teammates. “I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted. But I’ll never be one of those guys. I didn’t get drafted there. Steph Curry, obviously drafted there. Andre Iguodala, won the first Finals, first championship. Klay Thompson, drafted there. Draymond Green, drafted there,” said Durant, citing the other Warriors as rehab projects. “It didn’t feel as great as it could have been,” Durant added. In short, he wanted to be a part of the team, but always felt apart from them. “And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could get a full acceptance of me there.”
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