If there is one thing for sure this summer, Kevin Durant did not take the easy option when he decided to sign for the Golden State Warriors.
Time may well prove that he made the best decision on the court as the Warriors now have a stacked starting five that should, in theory, sweep through the competition this season.
However, off the court, he has come under intense criticism for joining the very team that knocked him and his former Oklahoma City Thunder side out of the playoffs last season.
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"I just told [Westbrook]. I let him know how I felt," Durant revealed in an interview with Sina Sports (via ESPN.com). "Obviously, our relationship won't ever be the same again. But it's something I wanted to do, and I expressed that to him. Hopefully, he respected it."
The 2014 MVP understands that not everybody is going to like his decision. After leading the Warriors 3-1 in the Conference Finals last year, the Thunder were so close to overcoming their Western Conference rivals.
The Dubs ultimately pulled off a tremendous comeback and the 27-year-old has opted to join forces with the Oakland franchise instead of using his playoff heartache as motivation to beat them next year.
His decision has been viewed by some as weak, but as Durant notes, he cannot please everybody.
"Yeah, it's difficult. I'm not used to this much attention, but I'm getting used to it. Obviously, people don't like me right now, but it is what it is. I can't please them all. I've got to still go out there and handle my business.
"They're not going to get up at 9 o'clock in the morning and work on their game for me. I've got to do all of that on my own. I can't worry about people on the outside. I've got to go to sleep at night, I've got to get up and I've got to perform. I've got to do all that stuff. It is what it is.
"Once we start playing the games, I'll feel a little bit more better. Right now, it's definitely a change. There's a different vibe going around, but I'll get used to it."
If Durant fails to win a title this season, can you imagine the scenes?