Stephen Curry reveals how the Warriors convinced Kevin Durant to join

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For 29 franchises, Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors is nothing short of terrible news.

For the 2014 MVP to relocate to Oakland and join an outfit that amassed a record 73 wins last season, how could it get any worse?

The Warriors were only one game away from retaining the NBA title, however, after blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, there has been some restructuring done at the Oracle Arena.

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Starters Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes have departed for Dallas, but KD enters the fold meaning that alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Dubs have four current All-Stars in their starting five. It's hard to remember that ever happening.

It also means - in Durant and Curry - they have two of the three top scorers from last season and Durant also led scoring in the playoffs.

But how did the Warriors manage to convince Durantula to leave Oklahoma and say goodbye to the only franchise he has ever known?

Curry, the reigning and first ever unanimous MVP, told Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson that the Warriors just really spoke to KD's interests.

"We were just ourselves," Curry said. "All we did was pretty much talk. We told him how things would be, how we operated and how he would fit in. He would fit right in. He’s a team guy. That’s who he really is. We told him he wouldn’t have to change anything and we wouldn’t have to change anything for him. He just fits right in."

But the Dubs No. 30 was quick to dismiss the suggestion that their new super team will simply stroll through the rest of the league.

Nothing has ever been given to the Warriors, and the same work ethic and teamwork that has made them one of the best teams of their generation will serve as primary ingredients for integrating Durant as well.

"Just because we have KD, because the guys we have on the roster — we do have one of the most talented rosters in the NBA — but that doesn’t mean we’re just going to blow everybody out. It’s not like CYO, where you roll the ball out and the most talented team wins.

"We’re going to have to work. We’re going to have to play well. Nothing will be given to us. We’re not going to go 82-0 and blow everybody out. We are going to be challenged."

It's hard not to salivate over those four players in a starting five, but with Curry and Thompson the primary scoring outlets for the Warriors, it will be interesting to see where KD, 27, fits in on offence.

No doubt the Warriors will make it work; they are one of the best pure teams in the league. Adding a player of KD's standing to the mix will only improve that - in theory.

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