Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joined forces in 2019, bringing his talents to Brooklyn in what was expected to be a dynasty with the Nets.
Four years later, Irving and Durant are on different teams in the Western Conference after winning just a playoff series together in brooklyn
Durant has a chance to win a third championship as a member of the Phoenix Suns, while Irving is in a trial season with the Dallas Mavericks as he searches for an organization that will give him a long-term contract.
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Durant and Irving’s time together fell apart before the NBA trade deadline when Irving demanded a trade out of Brooklyn.
On the podcast «The ETC’s with Kevin Durant,» the 13-time All-Star he said he couldn’t blame Irving for wanting to change their situation and expressed disappointment that their time together had come to an end.
«I’m disappointed that we didn’t finish the season, but I also know that we are all separate entities,» Durant said. «We all move and do the things that we want to do for our careers. And I can’t blame anyone for doing that, even if it was at our expense for the team.»
«I don’t want to act like I’m not upset that we didn’t finish the season because I loved playing with Ky,» he continued. «I wanted to see where we could go with that because we were both playing at a high level.»
Durant said Irving’s journey has been «unique» as he plays for his fourth team in his 12th NBA season.
«It’s unique. It’s polarizing,» Durant said of Irving’s «journey.»
«There are a lot of words you can use for Kyrie in general because his game matches up,» Durant said. «His game of his is so big that you have to see it. But he’s on a journey like all of us. We’re finding enlightenment in our own different ways, and I get it.»
Phoenix announced Tuesday that Durant is expected to make his Suns debut against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night on the road.