It was one phone call that started it all.
Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals proved to be a game that the Golden State Warriors will never forget. That game ended with the Cavaliers becoming first team in the history of the Finals to come back from 3-1, and the Warriors having to face a crushing and disappointing blow to their magical season. As the confetti rained and the Cavs lifted their trophy, that 73 win Warriors team would become nothing more than a subject of jokes and memes. The Dubs couldn’t let that happen again. They knew something had to change.
That change wound up being 8 time NBA All-Star and 7 Time All NBA Player, Kevin Durant. The story of how the Warriors actually got Durant, though, isn’t nearly as dull as you may think.
Almost a year after his 2016 Finals loss, Draymond Green gave the real story behind the start of this ever-growing dynasty. It wasn’t just a simple meeting, or even a fancy late night dinner. Surprisingly, it all began with two phone calls in a very dark and lonely parking lot.
Just moments after that devastating Game 7 defeat, with his car in park and sitting in the Oracle Arena lot, (no doubt fueled with angry rage and boiling emotions) Draymond Green made the two calls that would change NBA basketball forever.
The first went to Warriors GM Bob Myers, where Green told him to make a run at signing then free agent, Kevin Durant. The second call went to the Durantula himself. 2 weeks later, Durant signs a max contract that would make the Warriors a dynasty for years to come.
While the details of the call weren’t shared, how hard could it have been to convince KD? A 73 win team who plays the right way and radiates energy wherever they go would be an easy selling point for anybody. For Durant, and the Warriors, it seems like a match made in heaven.
In the end, June 19, 2016 was the date that changed everything. It’s a date that involved a Finals loss, two phone calls, and the beginning of a true dynasty.
If even one event hadn’t happened like it did, things could be so different. Had the Warriors won Game 7, the chances of recruiting KD would have been slim. And had the Thunder beat the Warriors that year, the same would have been true. Ultimately though, none of those things happened and a year later the team is just one win away from a perfect post-season and an NBA Championship.
It’s fair to say the Dubs got quite the consolation prize with Kevin Durant. Now, with him on the squad, they have the chance to be one of the most dominant forces the NBA has ever known. And who would’ve guessed it all started with a simple phone call?