Warriors' Stephen Curry Says 'I Wish We Could Still Play With' Kevin Durant

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26:  Stephen Curry #30 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors in a 129-110 win over the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry says he's disappointed Kevin Durant left the Dubs in free agency to join the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry told ESPN's Rachel Nichols he was flying to New York City to check in with KD when news broke that he'd decided to link up with Kyrie Irving on the Nets:

"At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice [is] at the forefront, and K, you know, made a decision for himself, and you can't argue that. I wish we could still play with K. He's an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together. But, you know, things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But we're gonna have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front, too."

Last week, Durant explained to J.R. Moehringer of the Wall Street Journal he grew weary within the Warriors' structure as a relative outsider compared to the players who were part of the team's foundation before he arrived, including Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

"As time went on, I started to realize I'm just different from the rest of the guys," Durant said. "It's not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. 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."

Curry shrugged off those comments, telling Nichols he is friends with KD "on and off the court" and isn't overly concerned about the reason for his exit from the Bay Area.

"I mean, that's tough," he said. "There's so many narratives that go on, especially when you're at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors—that's gonna happen."

Curry and Durant also have different opinions on the Warriors' offensive system.

"The motion offense we run in Golden State, it only works to a certain point," Durant told the Wall Street Journal.

Speaking to Nichols, Curry countered:

"Well, I don't care what plays we ran. We won two championships. And at the end of the day, we had a lotta talent and there was an expectation of us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn't always perfect, but I think in terms of, you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I'd rather have some championships, too."

Between Durant's exit and Thompson's torn ACL, which could sideline him for the entire 2019-20 NBA season, the Warriors will head into the new campaign without being an overwhelming favorite for the first time since before KD's arrival in 2016.

Durant's status for next season is also uncertain as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals.

Regardless of what happens moving forward, the Curry-Durant Warriors were one of the most dominant teams in NBA history en route to three straight Finals appearances and two championships.


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