Though there’ll never be a shortage of reasons, true and imagined, thrown out there to explain Kevin Durant’s decision to abandon the Oklahoma City Thunder in favor of the already nearly unstoppable Golden State Warriors, the latest Finals MVP admitted in a recent interview that the motivation had to do with his standing on his old team: He no longer wanted to be a leader.
“Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and that helps me out, because I don’t have to,” he told GQ. “I don’t want to have to be the leader. I’m not a leader. I’m bad at saying, ‘Stand behind me and follow me.’ No. I’m one of those guys that’s just like, ‘Let’s do this shit together. Let’s just work everybody together. I don’t mind being on the front line with you, but let’s come and do it together.’ That’s my way of leadership. I’m leading by example.”
This outlet has taken its share of swipes at KD, but props to him for both recognizing this about himself and being big enough, so to speak, to be comfortable with stepping aside. Ask fans of the James Dolan-owned New York Knicks how it feels to have an ill-prepared individual who overestimates his ability to lead insist upon doing so.
In the same interview, Durant addressed the Twitter fiasco in which it’d become increasingly clear that he used fake social media accounts to argue with basketball fans about him on Twitter.
KD claimed “a dissociative episode” was to blame: “It just felt like I was on the outside looking in at a conversation. I had to walk in and just be like, ‘Nah.'”
Regardless of whether you think that excuse holds up, the incident clearly got to him: