NBA all-star forward, Kevin Durant said his time with Team USA at Rio helped him escape from the criticism he received since leaving Thunder for Warriors.
The forward scored 30 points, as USA beat Serbia 96-66 in the gold-medal game. And is glad to go from villain to hero.
“It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life,” Durant told The Vertical. “It made my life easier … I knew [a backlash] was coming.
“It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed.”
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo agreed that Durant’s Olympic appearance was a needed distraction for the All-Star forward, who signed in June with the Warriors on a two-year, $54.3 million deal with a player option after the first year.