Steve Kerr says it's 'absurd' to call Kevin Durant a villain for joining the Warriors

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Kevin Durant made the surprising decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors this summer and it has been the most controversial move in the league since a certain LeBron James swapped Cleveland for Miami.

KD has been painted as weak for ditching the only franchise he has ever played for to align himself with their title rivals. After all, Durant and the OKC led the Dubs 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals before falling in seven games.

Now that KD has taken his talents to Oakland, many people have called the Warriors a 'super team', as the small forward will line-up alongside Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

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The 27-year-old - currently on international duty at the Olympics with Team USA - has insisted the move is about championships, but that hasn't stopped him drawing boos from a Staples Center crowd and earning widespread criticism. That's something his new coach, Steve Kerr, simply cannot understand.

"To think of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or any of our guys as villains, it's kind of absurd. Especially Kevin," Kerr said Sunday in an interview on ESPN Radio's TMI with Michelle Beadle and Ramona Shelburne. "This is one of the most likeable people in this league. He's just an awesome human being. What he did in Oklahoma City was just amazing for that community.

Kerr added: "Circumstances kind of dictate, I guess, that some people are going to see him as a villain. But it's only because he decided to go elsewhere to play. He wanted to change his scenery, he wanted a new challenge.

"More than anything he wanted to play with our guys. He loves Draymond [Green] and Steph and Klay [Thompson] and Andre [Iguodala]. Seeing those guys in New York, he loved seeing the chemistry that exists and he wanted to be a part of it."

The Warriors are the runaway favourites to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy at the end of the next season, but if they don't, all of Durant's detractors will rejoice. Should he claim his first NBA title, he'll be justified.

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