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Stephen Jackson, Gary Payton and other former NBA stars defend Durant’s decision to join Warriors

Since Kevin Durant made his decision to leave Oklahoma City and join the Warriors last offseason, a never ending sounding board of former and current NBA players have voiced their displeasure, mostly arguing that KD took the easy way out by joining a juggernaut rival.

It was therefore refreshing to see four former NBA stars supporting Durant’s decision, when Stephen Jackson, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin and Clyde Drexler answered questions during a press conference on Monday, essentially telling people to get over it.

“I’m just happy that it’s a player, one of the best players in the league, that’s dedicated to winning,” Jackson said. “You have so many guys in this game that’s in it for the money and they can’t play a lick of basketball, and are getting a lot of money. I like that the star wants to win. You play this game to win. What other reason would you play this game? He wants to win and you’ve got to respect that, regardless of where he went. I don’t care where he went. The fact that he wants to win, that was big for me.”

The four players are all participants in the Big3 basketball league, a 3-on-3 competition featuring former NBA players.


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