The Golden State Warriors stunned the NBA on Monday by picking up star player Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who almost beat the Warriors in this year’s semifinals.
Chamath Palihapitiya, one of the better-known venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, is a minority owner of the Warriors and an exec in the team’s organization.
He was quick to welcome Durant with the following tweet:
“Welcome to DubNation. This should be fun,” the tweet read.
This has to be a nice pick-me-up for Palihapitiya, who told Business Insider’s Biz Carson that he was “so dejected” after the Warriors’ Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers:
“Such a bummer. It’s pretty devastating. I walked out within one nanosecond of them winning so I didn’t even stick around to see what it was like. I was just so dejected. I felt bad for the guys. They’re such good guys.
“If you take a step back, I don’t know who said this but I saw it a lot on Twitter and on ESPN, but this may be one of the top three sporting feats of all time, what LeBron did. So, I dunno.
“These guys will be stronger for it, and life goes on. “
He also compared the Warriors to “any other great Valley company” because they take the “long view” instead of just looking at the next season.
Indeed, the Warriors’ pitch to Durant was very much focused on the long term – they told him the Warriors would win one or two titles even if he didn’t join the team but could win “a bunch” with him on it.