‘Hell, Yeah’ I Would Have Played With Kevin Durant Again – Rolling Stone

Did Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors really contemplate the thought of ​​a blockbuster commerce to carry their former famous person teammate Kevin Durant again to the Bay Area?

“Hell, yeah!” Curry tells Rolling Stone.

Curry sat down for a sequence of wide-ranging conversations as a part of Rolling Stone‘s October cowl story, about athlete activism and philanthropy, psychological well being and public coverage, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and rather more. Curry talked slightly hoops, too.

In one among 5 interviews, Curry revealed that he and the Warriors legitimately mentioned whether or not and learn how to blow up the roster of the defending NBA champions this summer time for a reunion with Durant, who dramatically cut up from Golden State in 2019 for the Brooklyn Nets following again -to-back titles.

Durant reconciled with the Nets late final month, after reportedly requesting a commerce and demanding that his staff’s proprietor fireplace the pinnacle coach and common supervisor. But Curry says his fellow future Hall of Famer is “misunderstood” — and that he would have welcomed again Durant with open arms.

As Curry instructed Rolling Stone on Aug. 9, three days after Durant’s reported ultimatum to the Nets’ possession: “There was a dialog internally amongst us about ‘If he was obtainable, would you?’ Every staff has these conversations, and clearly in our scenario, they’re gonna name me and ask me, ‘How do you are feeling about it?’

“I was by no means hesitant. The thought of ​​taking part in with KD and figuring out who he’s as an individual, from our historical past in these three years, I suppose KD’s a extremely good dude. I suppose he’s misunderstood. I suppose he has had sure issues occur in his life that damage his means to belief folks round him, in a way of creating him really feel protected always. So all of these issues, I perceive, having performed with him and gotten to know him. I love that dude

“And should you mentioned, ‘Oh, KD’s coming again, and we’re gonna play with him,’ I had a lot enjoyable taking part in with him these three years, I’d be like, ‘Hell, yeah!’ Then you must suppose: What does that truly imply? What does it seem like? You inform me I’m taking part in with [current Warriors teammates Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Draymond Green], I’m like, ‘Hell, yeah!’ There’s all types of feelings and issues that occur to the league. And if anyone’s saying that you just would not entertain that dialog — no disrespect to anyone on our staff — however you do not know how issues work. But you additionally perceive, like, if we run this factor again, I’ve obtained full confidence in my staff that we are able to win it once more, as constructed.

“So, all these issues have been true. And it began with me desirous to play with KD in the beginning. Yeah, it is about successful, it is about having enjoyable, taking part in the sport of basketball. And that was a part of the response of, like, ‘Yeah, it would be wonderful.’ What does that truly imply?”

Curry additionally talked along with his brother Seth, the Brooklyn Nets taking pictures guard, a couple of potential Durant recoupling. “For him to even be entertaining the considered having KD again on the staff form of speaks to his character,” Seth instructed Rolling Stone on July 13. “Who is aware of? I could be within the commerce with him.”

In the course of shadowing Curry final month, I noticed him discussing the commerce marketplace for Durant with Snoop Dogg. Curry prompt that Durant had unrealistic expectations that his most popular locations would retain famous person rosters, regardless of Brooklyn’s excessive asking worth: “Man, he thinks that they are gonna go to groups — like if he went to Phoenix — that they are gonna be the identical staff if he is there,” Curry instructed Snoop. Of the Boston Celtics, he mentioned, “They have slightly little bit of the whole lot, however they must cope with the organizational transition to eliminate Jaylen [Brown]. He’s such a pivotal piece.… If they’d have carried out that—” Curry broke aside his fingertips in an explosion, and agreed with Snoop that Durant was higher off staying with the Nets.

Curry is “completely” dedicated to successful the title once more this 12 months. But the sport is not his solely focus. Curry has raised his profile as a businessman, humanitarian, and — slowly however certainly — activist and extra vocal political chief. This summer time, the reigning champ welcomed Rolling Stone behind the scenes as he thought-about his place within the historical past books.

Rolling StoneCurry’s profile goes on-line on Monday morning.

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