Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gave his stamp of approval for LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In an interview with Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Durant says he “absolutely loved” James’ choice and called his decision to head West a “perfect move.”
“I loved it. I absolutely loved it,” Durant said. “I thought it was the perfect decision, perfect move, did everything he was supposed to do in Cleveland. I think this is the perfect next step for him, and he’s kinda breaking down the barriers of what an NBA superstar is supposed to be. You feel like you’re just supposed to play it out in one spot. I think he did a good job of giving different chapters. I think it’s gonna make his book even more interesting when it’s done.”
Durant also touched on the arrival of DeMarcus Cousins, one of the key free-agent moves of the summer and a shocking one for the majority of the NBA world.
“I was so excited because I knew how important this time was for DeMarcus, to find a team (and) find somebody that’s going to help him get through this injury first and then play his best basketball,” Durant said.
Durant told Spears he received calls (which he ignored) while he was at the movies and when he got done at the movies, Durant found out the deal was done. He spoke with Cousins on FaceTime and called Warriors GM Bob Myers as well.
“I think it’s going to be perfect for both spots. For him and for us.”
Durant said he wasn’t bothered by those upset about the move and knew that complaints about it would come.
“It was expected. Nobody likes a great thing. Greatness is rare, it’s different and people don’t like different and I get it. I liked his approach and I liked our approach to it, just come in and wanting it to be about basketball. Once you look at it that way, it works out perfectly.”
He and the Warriors are looking forward to Cousins’ return and are hoping it will be before the end of 2018. However, Durant was quick to point out the team doesn’t want to rush Cousins’ comeback efforts and want him to be healthy when he does suit up.
As one of the 35 players invited to USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas, Durant says he is ready to learn under new Team USA coach Gregg Popovich.
“Coach K controlled it for so long. Just to have another great basketball mind at the helm its going to be a different but fun transition, so I’m looking forward to it,” Durant said. “I just want to learn and get ready to hopefully represent my country when that time comes. I just want to be fully prepared so I’m looking forward to the next few days.”
Durant also talked about recent meals he has had with LeBron James and gave his thoughts on the Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan swap that went down last week.