Kevin Durant: Free-agency decision ‘nothing major against the Knicks’
Kevin Durant raised some eyebrows with some unflattering comments about the New York Knicks a few weeks back, but the Brooklyn Nets superstar opted to tone down the rhetoric a bit during a recent interview.
It was practically deemed a sure thing that Durant would sign with the Knicks as endless speculation ran rampant concerning where the star would ultimately end up in free agency. Things of this nature do not always go as expected or predicted, of course.
In an explosive interview earlier this month, Durant threw some serious shade at the Knicks by intimating that the team is no longer viewed as a desirable destination.
Appearing on a YouTube show hosted by former Thunder teammate Serge Ibaka, Durant eased up on the Knicks by suggesting his free-agency decision was more about the Nets simply being further along in the process of developing into a championship-caliber team.
“I just liked the organization as far as the direction they were going in — a bunch of young guys that played in the playoffs before,” Durant said of the Nets, via the New York Post. “The Knicks players, they‘re good young players but they still need more experience to match where I was in my career. It was nothing major against the Knicks. I just think Brooklyn is further along in the process of being a contender.”
The Nets undoubtedly are much more poised to compete for a title when compared to the Knicks, so there is some understandable logic behind Durant’s reasoning. A Maryland native, Durant also noted playing in New York, regardless of borough, had tremendous appeal to him as he contemplated his free-agency options.
“It’s on the East Coast, close to home, the Nets are solid, live in New York,” Durant said. “I can pick up my game anywhere.”