Warriors leave Kevin Durant out of 'franchise of the decade' tribute

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy and MVP Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Put yourself in the shoes of Kevin Durant, a man who helped the Golden State Warriors win back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018 and sacrificed his Achilles in a valiant attempt to three-peat in 2019.

Now, imagine finding out that the Warriors were named the franchise of the decade by Sports Business Journal, and the team has put together a photo slideshow of the best players and memories from the 2010s.

Imagine watching said slideshow, tweeted from the official team account — and ... not seeing yourself?

Some players in that 22-photo slideshow: Anthony Morrow, Monta Ellis, Zaza Pachulia, Jarrett Jack and Eric Paschall.

Sure, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — the foundation of the Warriors dynasty — made cameos. But there was no sign of a No. 35.

Look: Morrow was a spot-up shooter, Ellis an exciting slasher, Pachulia and Jack valuable veteran presences and Paschall is a promising rookie. And you can’t include everybody who contributed to the past decade of basketball excellence. But no KD?

Honest mistake or not?

This could simply have been a “slip” — although it’s hard to ignore the Finals MVP from two of the team’s three championships in this decade. Or, it is a subtle, petty jab at Durant’s decision to join the Brooklyn Nets instead of re-signing with the Warriors last offseason.

The Warriors did post a follow-up collage of photos thanking their fans, which included Durant. But fans on Twitter had already taken notice.

No word, though, on whether Durant’s burner account(s) made an appearance in the replies.

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