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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has been linked to the New York Knicks, and he is well aware of the billboard outside of Madison Square Garden recruiting him to join the team in free agency.
“To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about that type of stuff,” Durant told reporters. “It’s cool. No disrespect, but I’m not really impressed with that type of stuff. I just really like playing basketball.”
Durant, 30, signed a one-and-done contract with the two-time defending champion Warriors over the summer and is due to enter free agency after the season. He has indicated he won’t dodge the topic when reporters start asking.
“I know what this whole thing is, and the attention that comes with being a good player,” he said. “That’s a part of the game and the entertainment side of playing in the NBA. A lot of people look forward to that side, to see what’s happening in free agency and all that stuff.”
The billboard asks, “Can you make NY sports great again,” and features a painting of Durant wearing the Knicks’ blue and orange colors. The Warriors tip off a three-game trip East at New York on Friday.
Durant is averaging 27.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Warriors’ five games this season.
While he acted unimpressed with the billboard, he did offer praise to MSG, the Knicks’ home court.
“The Garden is like a playground with walls,” he said. “You walk outside and you’re right on the street. It feels like you’re playing at Rucker Park indoors.”