Two years ago, before Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward wound up in Celtics green, the C’s put on the full-court press for Kevin Durant. Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge led a cavalry of players to Durant’s Hamptons estate, which he rented for 10 days over the Fourth of July holiday. Most notably, Tom Brady also came along to help the seal the deal.
Of course, he did not.
Durant opens up about his highly publicized free agent courtship in a recent conversation with the Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. In it, Durant says he appreciated Brady’s presence, but ultimately decided it didn’t make a lot of sense to base his basketball future around a football player.
“I mean, I love Tom Brady, but I don’t know if he can help me if he was on the court with me right now,” Durant said. ““I love that people wanted me on their team, but at the same time, I just wanted to hear from the coaches and the players about what they needed or why they wanted me on their team and what I needed to do as a player.”
But that doesn’t mean Durant dismissed Brady’s presence. “I was ready to just say, ‘All right, let’s go. I’m ready to go,’ seeing Tom Brady there,” he explained in 2016. “Seeing someone so successful at his craft, and just a great ambassador for the game of football and the city of Boston, it was great to be in the presence of greatness.”
Durant wound up signing a five-year deal with the Warriors, and is on the verge of winning his second straight title. He may not get to play basketball in the same state Brady plays football, but he’s part of maybe the most dominant team his sport has ever seen. Not a bad trade-off.
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