Larry Bird said he would never have joined the L.A. Lakers and Magic Johnson

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Kevin Durant's move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to form a superteam at the Golden State Warriors is still the talk of the town in the NBA.

A number of current and former players have questioned his decision to leave OKC for a franchise that downed them in the Western Conference Finals. However, many have said they understand his decision.

Current Indiana Pacers president and former Boston Celtics man Larry Bird compared the situation to his playing days and rivalry with the L.A. Lakers and Magic Johnson.

Bird said he never even entertained the idea of switching to California, saying: "I know back in the day, I couldn't imagine going to the Lakers and playing with Magic Johnson. I'd rather try to beat him.

"I could never imagine myself going and joining another team with great players because I had great players and I was in a great situation."

He may never have contemplated leaving Beantown due to the fact he had a team full of star players and collected three championship rings during his career.

With help from Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson, to name a few, the forward collected rings in 1981,84 and 86 while scooping Finals MVP honours during his second and third title runs.

But the situation was different for KD. He gave up nine years of his career to the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder in pursuit of a ring but ultimately came up short.

One finals appearance, a 4-1 loss to the Miami Heat, left Durant craving more and Golden State offers him the best possibility to get his hands on the Larry O'Brien trophy.

At 27, the forward knows his legacy will be defined by rings and his two years - maybe just one - at the Oracle Arena could produce what he desires.

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