Kevin Durant’s Golden State Warriors tenure lasted only three seasons, but they were unforgettable. He starred on a pair of title-winning teams, and suffered a career-altering injury in his final game.
Golden State Co-Chairman and CEO Joe Lacob released a statement on Durant moments ago. In it, he thanked the sharpshooting superstar for his many contributions.
Most notably, Lacob said that as long as he is Co-Chairman, no one will ever wear Durant’s No. 35 for Golden State.
Essentially, KD is getting his jersey retired for only three seasons of work.
Statement from Warriors Co-Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob on Kevin Durant: pic.twitter.com/D2TPPZPuz1
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) July 1, 2019
Considering the reports of Durant’s unhappiness with the Warriors’ medical staff and how it handled his injury in the playoffs, this statement is the least the team could do.
The retired number revelation is a bit surprising though. As great as Durant is, he was basically a mercenary for the Dubs and he didn’t have a long stay with the franchise.
You have to figure Steph and Klay are locks to have their numbers retired by Golden State, and Draymond has a great case as well, considering they are honoring Durant this way.