At 8:38am PT on Monday, July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant announced he was going to sign with the Warriors.
When Durant called the Warriors to notify them of his decision, what did he say?
On Wednesday, Golden State GM Bob Myers shared the following story:
"I think he thought he was gonna play a joke," Myers told ESPN's Russillio and Kanell. "He said, 'I just want to tell you I appreciate you guys coming out and meeting with me.' And then he used the word, 'but.' And I thought 'Oh man, that's too bad.' Because when somebody says something like that and then they go, 'but,' usually what follows the 'but' is 'I'm doing this or I'm staying or I'm going somewhere else.'
"But then he said, 'But, I've decided to come. I want to be a Warrior.' It was a pretty big pivot of emotion because I thought he was calling for the let-down call.
"And then I asked him later. I said, 'What were you doing? You totally fumbled that when you told me you were coming.' And he said, 'I was thinking about messing with you but then I thought forget it.' So it made sense. He kind of started to say something and then just told me what he wanted to do."
Through 56 games, Durant is averaging 25.8 points and 4.9 assists per game.
He is registering career highs in rebounds (8.3), blocks (1.7) and field goal percentage (53.9), while committing a career-low 2.3 turnovers per contest.
Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said.
Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road.
"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."
Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.
The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.
Basketball video game NBA 2k18 has simulated the upcoming season and come up with some interesting results.
The Warriors will fail to defend their title this season, according to CBS Sports, falling to the Timberwolves in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
In a surprise Final matchup, the Thunder are scriptd to top the Wizards in five games.
The Cavaliers, in the simulation, enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the East but fall to the Wizards in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
According to the simulation, Stephen Curry will be your MVP and Steve Kerr will be Coach of the Year.
The video game estimates just two Warriors on the All-Star team -- Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. And it estimates both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will return for the 3-point contest.
Also noteworthy, four head coaches were fired over the course of the simulated season including Luke Walton by the Lakers and Dave Joerger by the Kings.
Western Conference final standings
1. Golden State Warriors (63-19)
2. Houston Rockets (55-27)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-27)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (53-29)
5. Denver Nuggets (46-36)
6. Utah Jazz (43-39)
7. San Antonio Spurs (43-39)
8. Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40)
9. New Orleans Pelicans (41-41)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (40-42)
11. Sacramento Kings (39-43)
12. Memphis Grizzlies (37-45)
13. Phoenix Suns (36-46)
14. Dallas Mavericks (31-51)
15. Los Angeles Lakers (30-52)