Speaking publicly for the first time in five months, Kevin Durant complained about the culture surrounding his trade request.
Durant, who returned to the Nets last season after telling his owner, Joe Say, that he wanted GM Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash fired, pointed to the team’s lack of resiliency causing doubts in his mind.
“I wanted everyone to be accountable for their experience as a basketball player,” Durant said Monday at Nets media day. I think a lot of things are being swept under the rug because we’re hurt or because this person isn’t around or just because of the situation. I thought we could have fought back a little bit more and focused on the people that were here.
Durant injured his knee in January, beginning a difficult fall for the Eastern Conference contender.
“When I came out with the injury, we lost 10 in a row,” said Durant, who is signed through 2025-26. “And I’m like, we shouldn’t lose some of the games we’ve lost, regardless of who’s on the floor. So I was more concerned about how we approach each day as a basketball team. And I felt that we could fight many of the things that I felt were holding us back.
Durant is back with the Nets, while Marks and Nash remain. “I’m committed to moving forward with the team,” he said, adding that he understands why he wasn’t traded.
“I know I’m very good and you’re not going to give up on me,” Durant said.
The Nets were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Celtics. Durant was asked if he was confident the Nets would have a better culture this season.
“It’s a growth year, a year where we look in the mirror and (know) it,” Durant said.