While guesting on the Bill Simmons Podcast on Wednesday, Durant said that Kyrie “showed a lot of courage” in requesting a trade out of Cleveland (starting at 7:56):
“He did what he was supposed to do in Cleveland. It’s on to the next chapter.
“I can really appreciate what he did. He stood up for himself, he showed a lot of courage, man, because it’s hard to take that type of criticism.
“You know what I’m saying… when you just want to play ball. I feel him on that.”