Stephen Curry’s recruiting pitch to Kevin Durant focused on the idea of how the two superstars would coexist, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears reports.
Curry was part of the Warriors contingent that met with Durant in the Hamptons over the weekend. After the meeting, he sent several text messages to Durant saying he was more concerned with winning than with who would be the bigger star, according to Spears.
According to a person who saw the text messages, Curry told Durant in a text message that he could care less about who is the face of the franchise, who gets the most recognition or who sells the most shoes (Curry is with Under Armor, Durant with Nike). The two-time NBA MVP also told Durant that if Durant won the MVP award again he would be in the front row of the press conference clapping for him. In closing, Curry’s message to Durant was that all he truly cared about was winning championships and he’d like to do that as his teammate.
Durant won the NBA MVP award in 2014 and Curry won the award in 2015 and 2016. The pair have won five of the last seven NBA scoring titles. They have played on the same team before, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, where the United States won gold and Durant was named MVP of the tournament.
Durant announced Monday that he would be signing with the Warriors, reportedly on a two-year, $54 million contract that includes a player option in the second year.