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Kevin Durant is an NBA champion now and it appears he doesn’t concern himself with the careers of others.
“I really don’t care about the Kyrie Irving situation,” the Golden State Warriors star said at a news conference Friday at the NBA Academy India.
Durant is fresh off his first title, one year after leaving the Oklahoma City for the Thunder. Irving is fresh off three straight trips to the Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He reportedly has requested a trade, dazing and confusing many of those who care about and work in pro basketball.
Irving appears to want out of Cleveland to escape LeBron James’ large basketball shadow.
Meanwhile, Durant and Irving were U.S. teammates during the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio.
But Durant also has a great deal of admiration for James — the two men even working out together in James’ hometown of Akron a few summers ago.
“I just want guys in the league to be happy where they’re playing and have some fun playing ball,” Durant said. “So, wherever that is, for Kyrie, I hope he finds that. But LeBron James is a phenomenal player. I got a chance to play on his team in the Olympics in 2012, and learned a lot from him.”
As Amico Hoops reported earlier this week, no less than seven teams have made serious offers for Irving — with plenty more expected before the situation is resolved.
The Warriors have re-signed all their key pieces in what was a big summer of free agency. Durant is touring in India to promote the ever-growing game. He even set a Guinness World Record for leading the world’s largest basketball lesson with 3,459 Indian children.
According to the Associated Press: “The children were at multiple sites — the NBA Academy in Noida and others participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.”