“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted," said Durant. "But I’ll never be one of those guys. I didn’t get drafted there.… Steph Curry, obviously drafted there. Andre Iguodala, won the first Finals, first championship. Klay Thompson, drafted there. Draymond Green, drafted there. And the rest of the guys kind of rehabilitated their careers there. So me? S–t, how you going to rehabilitate me? What you going to teach me? How can you alter anything in my basketball life? I got an MVP already. I got scoring titles.
“As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys. It’s not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could get a full acceptance of me there.”
So this is pretty interesting to hear him say it flat out, although not surprising because it's what I think many people (including myself) were thinking, even before he started playing here. Now we got confirmation. At first I got a little angry with him, but on reflection it seems it was just trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. He doesn't seem bitter about it. They got the job done in any case.
"The motion offense we run in Golden State, it only works to a certain point," Durant said to the Wall Street Journal's J.R. Moehringer. "We can totally rely on our system for maybe the first two rounds. Then the next two rounds we're going to have to mix in individual play. We've got to throw teams off, because they're smarter in that round of playoffs.
"So now I have to dive into my bag, deep, to create stuff on my own, off the dribble, isos, pick-and-rolls, more so than let the offense create points for me."
I think this is really a side effect of him being that iso player, the difficulty of him trying to conform to a system, made more difficult by his ego and veteran status (I don't mean that in a bad way, just that how he plays the game were set and he's a superstar so probably rightfully thought any system should cater a bit more to him than the other way around).
I am really looking forward to unleashing "the system" again and letting Steph once again be the focus of it all.