The Golden State Warriors’ stars truly want the best for Kevin Durant. That attitude perfectly exemplifies what their culture is all about.
Over the course of the last five seasons, the Golden State Warriors have added many new faces. One of those faces was superstar Kevin Durant, who was added following their 2016 Finals defeat.
His addition made teams immediately prepare for the time when the Big 4 disbanded. The Warriors were a force to be reckoned with, and it was Kevin Durant who helped them achieve that next level.
Well, Durant opted to leave this offseason.
He’s now part of the Brooklyn Nets, and although he won’t play this season, he’ll still likely spend the next four years in New York City. While the team could’ve hated Durant as the Thunder did back in 2016, they haven’t.
He’ll likely get a standing ovation when he returns to Golden State. As long as he travels with the team, that return will be March 12.
However, if the home crowd receives him like expected, he’ll be getting cheers, not boos. At least for his teammates, they only want the best for Kevin Durant although he chose to head elsewhere.
Stephen Curry, when talking to NBC Bay Area’s Logan Murdock, said that “At the end of the day – him going to Brooklyn – you gotta make sure he’s happy… We’ll always remember the three years we had… we’ll be probably back here down the road celebrating those [titles].”
It’s not just the team’s two-time MVP that wants Durant to find happiness in his new home. The emotional Draymond Green, who drew controversy early on in the season with Durant, also noted that he’s happy for his “brother.”
Per ESPN, Green said: “That’s my brother, and I’m happy for him…. He deserves to do exactly that.”
The Warriors and their fanbase hold no resentment towards Durant, and that’s exactly how the exodus of star players should happen.
There’s no need for the hostility that players like Kyrie Irving will inevitably receive in his first game back in Boston or the hate that LeBron received when he went home to Cleveland for the first time in 2010.
But, in order to make that welcoming of former stars a reality, you need the players that create that bond and have a relationship with the fanbase.
The Warriors have that.
Throughout their championship run, they’ve been through disappointing times, yet through it all, they’ve found a way to come back, year after year.
Their stars are the crux of their dynasty and certainly won’t let one of their brothers destroyed after helping raise two banners. That’s what Golden State Warriors basketball is all about. That’s the culture they’ve instilled throughout their dynasty.