Kevin Durant spent three successful seasons with the Golden State Warriors. The future Hall of Famer won two NBA championships during his tenure and helped create history as part of the most feared team in recent NBA history. Durant is now with the Phoenix Suns following a difficult spell with the Brooklyn Nets. He is still looking for his first championship since leaving the Bay Area.
When speaking to Andescape’s Marc Spears, Durant discussed the notion of seeing the Warriors retire his jersey. The discussion came about after Joe Lacob previously noted he didn’t want to see anybody else donning the number 35 for the Warriors.
“He should. Look at the résumé,” Durant said. “That would warrant me to get a jersey retirement, right? Do I want to be honored by a franchise I put work in for? Of course, I would love that. I had some great moments there. I built some solid relationships there. Yeah, man. Hell yeah, that would be sweet. I love that organization, man. I love my time there, seriously.”
If the Warriors do decide to retire Durant’s jersey, they will need to do the same for Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, all of whom have led the franchise to four championships in their careers.
Durant’s contributions to Golden State’s success between 2016 and 2019 are undeniable. He was a core factor in both of those championships. However, Lacob must ensure he’s showing the same level of love to the team’s three longer-tenured stars, too. Which will likely be the case when their respective careers eventually draw to a close.