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After winning his first championship and being named Finals MVP, Kevin Durant hasn’t had the joyous summer many would expect.
Instead, Durant has popped up in headlines for calling out Under Armour, Stephen Curry’s shoe brand, clapping back at Oklahoma City Thunder fans on Twitter, printing criticisms against him on his new shoes, and criticizing his former Thunder teammates and coach in bizarre third-person tweets that led some to wonder if Durant uses a secret account under a different name.
Additionally, Durant recently recalled the lowest point of his Warriors tenure to San Francisco Magazine in which he revealed he asked his agent last summer why he let Durant leave the Thunder and open himself to widespread criticism.
Why, after a successful season and a full year between his controversial decision to leave Oklahoma City, is Durant suddenly coming across so angry and stuck on his decision? The Warriors are apparently wondering the same thing, according to Yahoo’s Chris Mannix.
“Many in Golden State, team officials and players alike, have taken note of Durant’s oddball offseason and are perplexed by it. They see a bright future for Durant in Oakland, league and team sources told The Vertical, and are bewildered as to why he is still addressing his past.”
Durant’s offseason incidents are not big issues in the grand scheme of things, but people have wondered why Durant still seems upset after accomplishing exactly what he came to Golden State to do.
None of these things will matter much when the season gets started and the Warriors take the floor together. The Warriors are expected to be even deeper and stronger than last year, and Durant – who made the transition look fairly seamless last season – will likely have an even easier time adjusting to the team that many consider the sole contenders to win the championship.
It seems as if the games can’t start soon enough for Durant, who seems to keep finding himself in strange or negative headlines this offseason.