Kevin Durant on Tom Brady: I couldn't let him distract me
Warriors forward Kevin Durant explained Tuesday what it was like meeting Tom Brady during his free agency meetings.
Brady arrived as part of the Celtics delegation sent to pitch Durant on signing with Boston earlier this month. Though Durant ultimately chose the Warriors, he sounded impressed with the Celtics’ pitch when speaking with reporters after a Team USA practice Tuesday.
“I was ready to just say, ‘Okay, let’s go,’” Durant said of first seeing Brady. “Just seeing someone so successful at his craft. He's a great ambassador for the game of football and the city of Boston. It's great to be in the presence of such greatness. But at the same time, I knew I couldn’t let that distract me.”
Durant also explained why he thought Boston was an intriguing destination, saying he liked coach Brad Stevens and the way the team plays.
Celtics president Danny Ainge came up with the idea of bringing Brady to the meeting. The quarterback has won four Super Bowls for the New England Patriots.
Durant ultimately signed a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the Warriors.