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Kevin Durant Explains Why He Was Glad Warriors Blew 3-1 Lead in NBA Finals

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It’s kind of hard to explain why as a free agent that you’re choosing to sign with the two-time defending NBA Champions.

After watching the Golden Warriors blow a 3-1 over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Durant let out a sigh of relief. Durant said Monday night that the Warriors’ collapse helped his free-agency decision.

“[My agent] Rich [Kleiman], who’s here, we were watching Game 7,” Durant told reporters at a ceremony in which the Warriors were presented with the ENCORE Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Well, as it started to unfold, it was, ‘No question, no way could you go to this team.’ And I was just like a kid, like, ‘I’d really like playing with these guys. I’d get wide-open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide-open layups.’ I was basically begging him. I was like, ‘Yo, this would be nice.'”

According to Durant, the Warriors' defeat was his gain from the start.

“As they lost, it became more and more real every day,” Durant said. “You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them, they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about [what would have happened if the Warriors had won the title], because they didn’t get the job done, and they came after me.

“I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”

KD seems to be fitting in well, average almost 19 points per game on an efficient 10 shots.

-- Glenn Erby

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