Kevin Durant shook the NBA world in the summer of 2016 when he did the impossible: He signed with the Golden State Warriors, the same team that beat KD and the Oklahoma City in the playoffs not even 3 months prior.
Durant signed with the Warriors after being up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals, proceeding to blow the next 3 straight games as the Warriors waltzed on to their second straight Finals appearance, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 7 games.
The majority of the NBA media were up in arms about the move, calling Durant everything from disloyal to a coward, and even insinuating that Durant had "ruined the NBA."
But according to KD, there is no such thing as loyalty in the NBA.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, the 2014 Most Valuable Player touches on his journey from signing with the Warriors in 2016, to becoming an NBA champion and Finals MVP a year later.
"Ain't no such thing [as loyalty]," he says. "You see disloyalty in different ways, but that's one of the most underrated parts of the game. We scream loyalty, but we don't expect it from the people writing the checks because they're writing the checks. [People say] 'You should be fine with it because you're getting paid.' I liked it better when I was naive about the NBA business, how f--ked up it is. That was better for me that way. … You put money and business into something that's pure, it's going to f--k it up."
As you can tell, Durant has strong feelings on the subject of loyalty. He believes that there is no such thing, and comments on the hypocrisy between players being judged for leaving teams in free agency, compared to owners and GM's trading away pieces who have been loyal to their franchise, which is a very valid point.
It's been over a year since KD's move to Golden State, and some of the vitriol and hatred towards the small forward has simmered down, especially since the Warriors' second championship in three years -- a title in which Kevin was pivotal in securing.
And even though Durant's legacy may forever be tainted in the eyes of some NBA fans, many have -- or eventually will -- come to terms with the career decision he made, and think nothing less of one of the greatest scorers the game has seen.