Durant's dad said it was time for his son to 'be selfish'


When Kevin Durant started his free agency on July 1, his father had once piece of advice for him: "Be selfish."

Former MVP Durant ended his nine-year association with the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the record-breaking Golden State Warriors as a free agent.

Durant - a seven-time All-Star - will now link up with reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green after the Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, having set a new record for regular-season wins with 73.

And father Wayne Pratt lauded his son for making the decision to leave Oklahoma City on his own.

"'For once in your life be selfish and think about yourself,'" Pratt said he told his son via The Undefeated.

"That's the only thing I could tell him. And it's hard for him to do that because that is not in his personality. But sometimes in your growth as a man you have to be selfish and make decisions that are based on him and his future family."

Many thought Durant, 27, would stay with the Thunder, where he had been since 2008.

However, Durant decided he needed a change and heeded his father's words. He signed with the Warriors on July 4.

The backlash Durant received was inevitable, but Pratt said his son's decision showed how he has grown.

"It was growth as a man," Pratt said. "The majority of decisions that were made for Kevin were made by me or his mom.

"This time it was made by him using all the information that he gathered. He came up with a logical decision. To me as a father and a husband and a man, it was good to see him make a man decision."