The Cavs, who beat Golden State in the Finals, sold more team merchandise during that period than anyone, including the Warriors.
He knew it would have been "easy to go back to something you're comfortable with". It is a different, newfound feeling for this Warrior franchise to have a top tier free agent come to the Bay Area when many times, the Warriors wouldn't even be able to muster an interview with any big name free agents because of the wasted draft picks, questionable past management decisions and consistent losing seasons.
For choosing to join forces with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green - especially since it was that trio that eliminated Durant from the playoffs a year ago - Durant will continue to be criticized.
It was about that basketball and that rim - about being happy, about success, about comfort and about committing to that decision.
And if Durant was shocked or flustered by the fusillade of criticism, he showed no signs of it. Don't worry about what people are going to say.
So, instead of sounding defensive and resentful, Durant just repeated that he knew the Warriors were the right team for him. I can't really control how you feel. "It was organic, it was authentic, it was real", Durant said. Who knows. We can talk about hypotheticals all day.
"That's one thing I saw as well - they were so hungry to get back to where they were". He holds career averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 28.1 minutes in 307 games (246 starts) while shooting 44.6 percent (295-of-633) from the field, 37.6 percent (287-of-764) from 3-point range and 73.9 percent (484-of-655) from the line.
Weeks later, after taking some time to cool down and digest everything that happened, the two-time and reigning NBA MVP's wife is apologetic for how it all went down.
This, he said, is the harder route - "It was time for me to try something new, try a new challenge". Durant spoke with allowable candor about how he detached himself from Oklahoma City to alight in Oakland, and with requisite enthusiasm about the future that is already here and has been here for two years.
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward Kevin Durant, the team announced today.
Fast forward to the present and the Warriors just persuaded one of the best basketball players in the world in Kevin Durant to join them on a quest for a dynasty.