‘Enter Phoenix’ Durant “All the pieces of the championship are ready”
Finally, “all the pieces of victory are in place.” Kevin Durant expressed his anticipation of a new start with the Phoenix Suns.
On the 17th (Korean time), at an official press conference held at the Phoenix Footprint Center in Arizona, USA, Durant looked back on his Brooklyn Nets days and revealed his aspirations in Phoenix. The contents of the press conference were covered as articles through local media including ‘ESPN’, and about 3,000 fans gathered at the site to cheer for Durant with pickets.
Durant moved to Brooklyn from the Golden State Warriors온라인바카라 after the 2018-2019 season and built the BIG3 with Kyrie Irving and James Harden. However, before Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the middle of last season, the three of them played in only 16 games. There were complex reasons such as injury and COVID-19 issues.
Following Harden, Brooklyn made a new round by trading Durant and Irving (Dallas) at the recent trade deadline. Durant said, “We showed amazing performance when the three of us were together, but we had to spend more time on the court to become a team that could aim for the championship. I learned a lot from working with the Hall of Fame players. It just didn’t work,” he said.
Durant continued, “I didn’t achieve my goal in the end, but I worked hard to win. I did my best every day, not caring what happened to the media or my colleagues. I also wish them all the best in the future.”
Although they did not have a happy ending in Brooklyn, they expressed their anticipation for a new start in Phoenix. Phoenix is able to maximize firepower by adding Durant to the existing Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton. Phoenix is 59-32 and is in 4th place in the Western Conference.
“I’ve always been under a lot of checks, but I’ve enjoyed it and challenged myself to win,” Durant said. We appreciate the Phoenix fans’ hospitality, but we have nothing to prove yet. I have work to do,” he said.
Durant also said, “I’ve had two Finals wins and I hope to experience that joy again in Phoenix. Phoenix has become a team accustomed to winning in three seasons since manager Monty Williams and general manager James Jones took office. It’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Phoenix, and all the pieces to win are in place.”
The key is when Durant returns to the court. Durant has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury during an away game against the Miami Heat on the 9th of last month. At the time of his injury, a one-month hiatus was expected, but his recovery was slower than expected and he was traded, so he returned after the All-Star break. “I don’t know the exact timing of my return yet,” Durant said. I want to return as soon as possible.”