Unless you've been living under a rockfor the past year, you know all of the uproar Kevin Durant's free agency move caused last year. The media was going crazy, the fans were running wild, and the NBA was in turmoil.
For the second best player in the league to join a 73 win Finals team who had already won a Chip the year before without him? It was damning, to say the least, and it earned Durant some serious criticism when the decision went public.
While it seems like he's taking it all well right now, there was a point for him when it was just too much to handle.
In an interview with the San Francisco Magazine, he opened up about his experience after the decision, and how he basically hit "rock bottom" after signing with Golden State.
“To have so many people say, (expletive) you,’ that really does it to you. Because I truly had invested everything I had into the people I played for … and for those people that I know and love and trust to turn their back on me after I was fully invested in them, it was just … more than I could take. I was upset.”
The backlash hit him so hard, in fact, that the disgruntled star asked his most trusted advisor this very powerful question: “...why did you let me do this to my life?”
Yes, Kevin Durant had some major regret and grief after choosing the Warriors last summer. The criticism and backlash he received were unlike anything the league had ever seen, and it was understandable why Durant had so much trouble coping with it all.
Obviously, things are much different now. After winning Finals MVP honors and experiencing ultimate success, Durant probably wouldn't change how things went down. With the Warriors, he's doing all of the things he went there to do. And while he's at it, Durant has not been shy about clapping back to the haters.
But with KD's original feelings of regret now being made public, it shows his decision two summers ago wasn't necessarily an easy one. When so much hate and slander is directed at one target, it's often impossible to ignore. Clearly, Durant felt the effects of his choice. But contrary to what we may have believed before, those effects led to some serious regret at first.