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Oakland honors Kevin Durant with mural after Warriors' latest NBA title

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During the 2015-16 regular season, the Golden State Warriors posted an NBA-record 73-9 mark, besting the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls' 72-10 record.

However, they lost in the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that year, prompting the team to make a big move to try to compete with the Cavs in 2017.

That move - signing former Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant - paid off immediately, as Durant and the Warriors rolled to the championship this season.

Now, the city of Oakland is honoring Golden State's newest superstar, as a mural of Durant has appeared in the Temescal neighborhood of the city, painted by local artist JC Ro:

Ro is no stranger to painting larger-than-life murals of NBA superstars, as he was commissioned to paint a giant mural of Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles just last year.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Five

This may not be the only mural Durant gets before his Golden State career is over. In fact, he sacrificed some money on his newest contract in order to stay with the Warriors and allow the team to pay Steph Curry a max contract and retain Andre Iguodala on a fair deal. That selflessness from Durant drew the praise of head coach Steve Kerr (via ABCNews.com):

"I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs," Kerr said. "He made max money, and then at key times in his career, he took a little less so they could add a player here and there."

Indeed, Durant's willingness to take a couple of million dollars less than he deserves will help the Warriors be the 2018 title favorites as well.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Three

Kerr added that Durant won't be hurting for money anytime soon, but said he hopes the Warriors can reward his selflessness with a couple more titles in the next two years:

"The way the league works, the way the CBA [collective bargaining agreement] works, it really kind of is up to the star player at key times to take a little haircut here and there," Kerr told the Bay Area News Group. "Whether that's fair or not, I don't know. But I do know that Tim knew it was dramatically helping his own career and KD understands the same thing.

"In the end, he's going to make a fortune in his career. Already has, and he hopefully is going to win more titles, and that's what he cares about."

Though other Western Conference teams are loading up this offseason to make a run at the Warriors, Golden State will still be the favorite to advance to the 2018 NBA Finals, in large part because of what KD has done this offseason.

Topics:
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Draymond Green
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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