Kevin Durant broke his silence in his first public interview since joining the Brooklyn Nets after leaving the Golden State Warriors. During his conversation with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Durant put the idea that the Warriors were responsible for his injury to rest. Durant stated:
"I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S--- happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s--- because I'm going to be back playing."
Haynes also asked the 2x Finals MVP about the Raptors' fans cheering as he went to the floor with the ruptured Achilles. KD said that he doesn't recall the cheers but took at jab at them anyway by remarking, "It will probably be the last time they will be in the Finals."
Durant told Haynes about his decision to join the Brooklyn Nets as well. KD said the Nets were always the frontrunner if he decided to leave the Warriors. "If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets," said KD. 'They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building." KD mentioned that contrary to popular speculation, he and Kyrie hadn't planned their moves out but said the opportunity to play with a close friend like Kyrie cemented his decision.