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Kevin Durant has changed more than a bit since his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder and joined the Golden State Warriors.
Even Durant says, aside from the obvious — he’s now a two-time NBA champion and the Most Valuable Player of the last two Finals — he was a “phony” during his days in Oklahoma City.
Chris Broussard of FOX Sports, appearing on First Things First, says Durant texted that message to him, Durant adding, “the guy you see now is the real me.”
Broussard said Durant was going through some real-life struggles during his time in Oklahoma City.
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) August 1, 2018
“He’s a conflicted guy. There’s a part of him that’s religious,” Broussard said of Durant, who signed as a free agent with Golden State after the 2016 season, when the Warriors were stunned in the Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. “He has ministers come visit him and hang out with him during the season. Then there’s a big part of him that’s doing things that don’t match up with his faith.
“He was engaged a few years ago. His fiancee broke up with him, she said he stopped living like a Christian. And I’ve talked to him about that. He’s conflicted in that regard with who he is in terms of that.”
NBA EJECTION LEADERS — 2017-18
PLAYER TEAM EJECTIONS TECHNICALS
- 1. Kevin Durant Golden State 5 14
- 2. Draymond Green Golden State 3 15
- 3. Markieff Morris Washington 2 13
- 3. Robin Lopez Chicago 2 11
- 3. Marcus Morris Boston 2 11
- 3. Kyle Lowry Toronto 2 10
- 3. DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans 2 10
Then, there’s the aggressive on-the-court demeanor from Durant that has come out since he became a Warrior. Durant led the NBA with five ejections last season, two more than the runner-up — his tag-team partner in Golden State, Draymond Green, who was given the heave-ho three times. Durant was also second in technical fouls last season with 14, trailing only, you guessed it, Greenn who led with 15. Durant had eight technical fouls and no ejections in the 2016-17 season, his first with Golden State.
“And then on the court … the guy we saw in Oklahoma City was not cursing all the time, was not being as aggressive in terms of arguing and maybe fighting with guys or getting technicals,” Broussard said.
“Durant texted me and said ‘the guy you see now is the real me. The guy in Oklahoma City was the phony — I was just trying to please everybody and do what I thought everybody wanted me to do.’”