Now that the decision has been made, it seems like we’re starting to get an idea on why Kevin Durant joined the Warriors.
According to a source with insight to Durant’s thought process, Durant was frustrated with Russell Westbrook for not sharing the ball with him enough on offense.
Via Bleacher Report
“Ultimately, he got frustrated and felt that they had plateaued,” “[Donovan] came in, and he still had the same issues that he had with Russ under Scotty. The offense didn’t change much. He still had to take a ton of contested shots every game; and that’s when he had the ball at all.”
There should be no such concerns in Oakland, not on a Warriors team whose motto is “strength in numbers,” whose stars are all dedicated ball-movers and whose coach, Steve Kerr, was reared on the egalitarian offenses of Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
He’s never going to have a game in Golden State where Steve Kerr has to say at halftime, ‘You guys need to get Kevin the ball,’ which happened in OKC,” the same person said.’
There were definitely times in the playoffs where Durant would have only a handful of shots heading into the second half of games, so it’s not entirely surprising that KD was frustrated with Westbrook not passing him the ball.