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Durant in new documentary: Bullies say 'I took the easy way out'

Durant in new documentary: Bullies say 'I took the easy way out'

Now an NBA Champion and Finals MVP, Kevin Durant has given the world a new window into the decision that brought him to Golden State. 

In his newly posted YouTube documentary, "Still KD: Through the Noise," Durant, along with current Warriors general manager/president Bob Myers, plus former coaches Rick Barnes and Scott Brooks, talk about the time leading up to his July 4 decision and respond to critics who believe the forward took the easy way out. 

"There is no doubt in my mind it was a crushing day for him when he knew the decision he would have to make was to go to Golden State because he would not want anybody there to think he didn't appreciate them." Barnes said. "That he didn't mean every word he had ever spoken when he was there."

"Kevin gave nine years to OKC," Brooks said. "It's a long time. And he gave everything he had. The tough decision was made and you grow from it, you learn from it. We had a lot of great moments together."

"Not a lot of people in his situation will express vulnerability, because it's perceived as weakness," Myers said. "Right before he made the decision, he said something like, 'I don't know what to do. This is so hard.' That to me was pretty profound to hear that someone who's supposed to be some kind of superhero acknowledging he's a human being -- which he obviously is. But somehow we forget that we all have to make these choices in our careers and they're hard.

"And sometimes there's a fork in the road. It's a tough one. And we all relate to that, but we don't have it plastered all over society."

Durant alludes to his decision several times during the episode and those with insight to his mental state after news brok of his coming to Golden State say it was a really difficult time for the Finals MVP.

"It's easy for people to discredit (your hard work)," Durant said. "It's hard to tune it out. I work hard as hell. ... It's just a game to some people, but it's real life to us." 

You can watch the entire episode below:

Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iggy or Livingston without Durant

Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iggy or Livingston without Durant

OAKLAND -- Bob Myers did not drop to his knees and thank Kevin Durant for the financial sacrifice that gave the Warriors the financial flexibility to retain the likes of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

The team’s president/general manager came exceedingly close, though.

“His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre,” Myers said Friday. “And I can pretty much unequivocally say without it, we’re not looking at the team we have right now.”

Upon opting out of the contract he signed last July -- a move that allowed the Warriors to utilize Bird rights to retain Iguodala and Livingston -- Durant could have demanded and gotten the maximum, roughly $34.8 million, to return to the Warriors next season.

The general belief was that Durant would accept $31.8 million, though league sources had informed that he would be flexible and was willing to go a few million lower than that.

Durant went nearly $6.8 million lower, re-signing for a deal that will pay him $25 million next season.

“(With) Kevin forgoing the max, which he obviously deserves and could’ve gotten from us or any team in the league, that allowed us to attempt to sign Andre and Shaun and not have to renounce them,” Myers said.

“What Kevin did shows who he is, shows what he’s about and it’s clear that that’s winning.”

The expectation is Durant will opt out of his new deal next summer and re-sign a long-term deal starting around $35 million and escalating well above $40 million.

The Warriors entered free agency last week with a projected cap on what they were willing to spend and still exceeded it, according to Myers. Their commitment to bringing back a successful core was greater than their desire to contain payroll.

And that was even with Durant’s assistance.

“To be honest, I would have never thought that Kevin and his business partner, Rich (Kleiman), would give us the opportunity to take less and allow us to be as aggressive,” Myers said. “I didn’t foresee that. But when given that opportunity we said, ‘Wow. Now we can go hard at bringing Shaun and Andre back quickly.”

Bob Myers: 'We’re not calling him Swagy P,' Nick Young responds

Bob Myers: 'We’re not calling him Swagy P,' Nick Young responds

OAKLAND -- Joining the Warriors means Nick Young’s alter ego, Swagy P, is history, team president/general manager Bob Myers indicated Friday afternoon.

“We’re not calling him Swagy P,” Myers said minutes after officially signing the former Lakers guard to a one-year contract for $5.2 million.

“His name is Nick.”

Barely 10 minutes later, Young had a reply: Not so fast, Bob.

“Nah, I don’t think I could drop that,” Young said. “The fans like it. They won’t let me. I tried it, and they don’t call me Nick any more. I think I’m going to just stick with that. But I’m going to find my way through here. You’ve got the ‘Splash Bros,’ Swagy . . ..”

Young invented the nickname several years ago as an expression of his personality, he says. It’s a form of self-reference that has become among the most recognizable nicknames in the NBA, if not all of sports.

“I’m a cool guy,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s just a thing in LA. I was playing around one day and they just ran with it and now it’s stuck. My mom is telling me: ‘Don’t lose it now. You can’t. You’ve been doing that for four years.’ ”

So Young’s plan is to bring Swagy P with him from Southern California to the Bay Area.

Which might be OK. For now, as the Warriors, including Myers and the coaching staff, have plenty of time to extinguish the alter ego if they deem it necessary.

“I’m not a hard-headed guy, or a troublemaker,” Young said. “I just want to be in a winning atmosphere and feel that. Just fit in and be a part of something special. Whatever it takes for me to do that, I’m all for it.”