If Kevin Durant does join the Golden State Warriors — you can thank Jerry West for his words of wisdom.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com — the NBA Hall of Famer spoke with Durant by phone, and broke down several reasons why KD should sign with the Warriors.
West, a member of the Warriors’ Executive Board, did not try to tell Durant on which team to choose. West did, however, share several reasons why he believes Golden State would be the ideal fit for the superstar forward.
West spoke to Durant from the perspective of an all-time great player who kept falling short of winning an NBA championship. While West won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972, he lost his first 7 trips to the NBA Finals and finished 1-8 in the Finals overall. West, 78, told Durant those losses still eat at him to this day, according to sources.
West also told Durant that playing alongside the Warriors’ star trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would make it much easier on him. West opined that in Oklahoma City, most of Durant’s shot attempts are difficult and contested.
In what was probably one of the smoothest recruiting pitches ever — West broke down how Durant’s scoring opportunities are harder in OKC — thus allowing Durant to score the same amount of points — 28 per game – on less shots.