Every day there seems to be a new reason why Kevin Durant switched the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.
The Dubs' pitch must have been an amazing thing to see. The 2015 NBA champions had all their big stars in the room, but it appears an unsung hero from the meeting has emerged.
Legendary point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash serves as a player development consultant for the Warriors, a part-time role that means he spends a few days every month coaching the fine roster in Oakland.
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The former point guard is no stranger to an assist, but his role in bringing the most coveted free agent since LeBron James to Oakland might his greatest contribution yet.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, Durant came away from his meeting with Golden State seriously interested but remained concerned how he would fit in an already stacked offence.
“Steve knows us — our culture and our guys — so well,” Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser said. “He doesn’t sell anybody on anything. He’s just a great sounding board.”
Of course, every player would respect what Nash has to say and, furthermore, probably love to work with him.
One Warriors source went even further: “Without Steve Nash, I’m not sure if we get Kevin Durant.”
The Boston Celtics went all out to get KD to move out east, but there proverbial trump card of Tom Brady pales in comparison to Nash when it comes to basketball matters.
The Canadian has been retired for a few years now, but it's the small pieces behind the scenes like him that make the Warriors even more attractive than the jaw-dropping starting five they now possess.
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