Kevin Durant has received a lot of backlash during the past couple of years. Whether it be joining the Golden State Warriors to create a super-team or play during the NBA Finals when he wasn’t feeling all the way healthy, Durant has created a name for himself that either some love or hate. Regardless of how other teams feel, the Warriors still have love for KD.
The Warriors have released a statement on Durant, in which Co-Chairman and CEO Joe Lacob announced that no other player will wear Durant’s No. 35 for the Warriors again.
“Three years ago, we were thrilled with the arrival of Kevin Durant, a transformative NBA player and one of the best to ever play the game. He provided our fans and franchise with numerous highlights during his stay here – two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, three trips to the Finals, unparalleled efficiency – and carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court. His commitment to our community was evident each day, including last season when his philanthropic efforts earned him the NBA’s annual Community Assist Award. Today, as he starts a new chapter in his incredible career, we thank KD for all of his contributions, for being an integral part to one of the most prolific runs in NBA history and wish him well as he continues his Hall of Fame journey. As long as I am Co-Chairman of this team, no player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors again.”
The Warriors thank Kevin Durant, say they will eventually retire his jersey. pic.twitter.com/SWoVxftq6M
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 1, 2019
Notable changes for the Warriors also include the trade of Andre Iguodala to Memphis and re-signing Klay Thompson to a five-year extension worth $190 million. The Warriors have also acquired D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets, although there’s rumors he might be traded away soon.