As has been widely reported, Stephen Curry left his Under Armour Asia Basketball Tour on the eve of free agency to fly directly to New York for a rendezvous with Kevin Durant.
On the latest episode of "The Bill Simmons Podcast," the titulary host told the behind-the-scenes tale of why that meeting didn't go down as planned. And it's fascinating.
Some pertinent details. Curry and Durant had set up the summit and the Warriors still thought they could lure the mercurial superstar back. As Simmons put it, Curry wanted to "put a bow on everything" -- for better or worse. Oh, and the flight from Shanghai to New York is about 15 hours...
"Curry's flying back, it's now late afternoon ET, free agency's about to start, and he's going to meet Durant that night. Like about an hour before the plane lands, all the sudden, it's, 'KD's going to be announcing on his Instagram that night. Follow on Instagram @theboardroom, all this stuff.'"
"And he's like, 'What the f--k's going on?'"
"So, he's like, 'What's going on? And then it gets announced he's signing with Brooklyn. Curry's plane hasn't landed yet. And he lands and he decides to be, to do the dignified thing and he goes to meet KD anyway to basically just say goodbye to him."
"But from what I've heard, the Warriors took that personally. Because, by all accounts, undeniably, Curry is one of the best teammates in the league. And one of the best teammates in a long time. And has just always kind of looked out for KD and defended him and all that stuff."
"And it just was sh--ty. That's what I heard."
Jump to the 1:03:02 mark in the pod to hear Simmons tell the story in his own words: