How Las Vegas Summer League Paved the Path for an NBA Superpower

July 11th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

Kevin Durant can't believe it.

Here he is, the NBA's most coveted free agent, sitting through pitch after pitch at a manse in the Hamptons, pondering his professional future. On this July day, it's the Golden State Warriors' turn to state their case.

Rather than leave the heavy lifting to the suits, the core of the Warriors team that only recently dispatched Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder from the Western Conference Finals—Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green—shows up to give the lanky Beltway native a taste of what awaits him on the west coast.

"I was shocked that those four guys came to meet me a couple of days ago," Durant says at his first press conference as a Warrior. "The team won 73 games and a championship before. I didn't think they would be interested in a player like me because they've had so much success. But to see them together, they all walked in and it looked like they were holding hands. It was just a family."

More like royalty, really. Five All-Stars. Two regular-season MVPs in Du ...

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