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As the season wound down in Oakland, Steve Kerr felt Kevin Durant drifting from the team, according to an interview Kerr gave to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes on the Posted Up podcast on Wednesday.
“We could just feel it last year,” Kerr said. “He just sort of faded from the group by the end of the year. Sometimes you just have a feeling about things. We never discussed his free agency. That wasn’t my business, even though I was his coach. I was focused on that season and I wanted our whole team to focus on that season. Every effort of our staff went into whatever team we were playing.
“Whatever a player does in free agency is up to him, so I totally respected Kevin’s right to make a new path for himself in life.”
Kerr told Haynes that he was not surprised when Durant left the team.
On the same podcast, Kerr discussed Steph Curry’s injury timeline. After discussing Klay Thompson’s unlikely chances of returning this season, Kerr gave a positive update to Curry’s status.
“Steph (will return), for sure,” Kerr told Haynes. “(Curry’s) injury is not nearly as serious as Klay’s because we’re dealing with a hand and not a knee. We’ll re-evaluate Steph sometime in February, but I think there’s an excellent chance he comes back sometime in March — late in the season.”
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