Klay Thompson had a measured response when asked to share his thoughts on Kevin Durant leaving the Golden State Warriors this offseason to join the Brooklyn Nets.
"It was no hard feelings, man, I know Kevin," said Thompson. "It sucks because we go from the most dominant team ever to — a really good team, but that’s still a big drop-off, you know. I just enjoyed playing with him, man. It’s fun to play with him every day. He’s such a hard worker and he’s fun to watch. He really is just a great basketball player. I’ll miss that.
"He cares. That’s what makes him so good. He’s passionate about what he does — just because he’s so gifted and people see how naturally gifted he is, they don’t realize how much he cares and how much work he puts in. I saw him work so hard every day. You don’t do that if you don’t have a passion and care for what you do."
The Warriors may have lost Durant, but Thompson believes the Warriors are being incorrectly written off.
"That’s fine," said Thompson about those who doubt the Warriors. "That’s sports. I don’t just think we’re going to be nice this year. I think we’ve got a five-year window. We’re still so young, man. People get lost thinking, 'Oh, they’re 30 now.' I feel younger than ever."