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Warriors GM Bob Myers reveals how Steph Curry swayed Kevin Durant to join

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Kevin Durant's decision to join the Golden State Warriors last year saw the formation of one of the most formidable rosters in the league's history.

On paper, they were a strong outfit but they proved to be even better in reality.

The Dubs won 67 games in the regular season and followed that up by going 16-1 in the playoffs to win their second championship in three years.

After blowing a 3-1 lead to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals, they avenged that defeat with the help of KD who was named as the Finals MVP.

It was the first time a team had assembled a squad with four All-Stars and the rise in the salary cap last summer helped Golden State pull off the unthinkable and partner KD with the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Before Durant arrived, the Oakland-based franchise had already been to two consecutive Finals, won one title and won a record 73 games in the regular season.

They probably didn't need the former Oklahoma City Thunder star, but they certainly made him feel like they did.

Their free agency meeting with the 28-year-old featured key managament personnel, head coach Steve Kerr, as well as Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

The presence of some of the team's star players was a big deal for Durant and general manager Bob Myers explained how it made the difference.

In a recent interview with KNBR, Myers said: "People always ask me what we said to Kevin (Durant) in the Hamptons. It wasn’t what anyone said in that four-hour period. It was Steph Curry building a foundation, being selfless enough to go.

"It was Andre Iguodala, who knew we were going after a guy who played his position. It was Draymond Green, it was Steve Kerr, it was all the things that those guys had done that put us in a position to be in a place where Kevin Durant said, “I wanna meet with that team.”

Draymond also revealed that he was constantly texting Durant in what proved to be his final season in OKC, to convince him to make the move to the Bay Area.

KD was widely criticised for signing with the Warriors as it was seen as an easy way out to join the most talented team in the league, especially after they'd defeated the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals just months prior.

But the All-Star small forward had the last laugh as he won his first ring and justified his decision. He is now primed to be part of a dynasty that could easily see the franchise win multiple championships in the years to come.

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Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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