According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, a source close to the situation claims that Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Golden State for Brooklyn was due in large part to feeling like he was in Steph Curry’s shadow. Spears writes in his piece,

“While Durant’s shocking move to join the Warriors in 2016 quickly paid dividends for him — two straight championships and two Finals MVP awards — there was always the sense that the 10-time All-Star felt like a distant second fiddle to Stephen Curry,” adding “Perhaps it would have helped the Warriors’ cause if their fans showed more love and appreciation for Durant’s elite achievements.”

The close source also told Spears that “All that showed a lack of respect for one of the greatest players to put that uniform on and the fact that he took all that abuse and still put his career on the line to help them win.”