OAKLAND - Six days before, inside that rented mansion in the Hamptons where the NBA landscape was forever changed, the notion of Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors was nothing more than a virtual reality.
In a meeting between the former MVP and one of his six suitors, one that lasted more than two hours and ultimately sealed the deal, Durant looked through a pair of virtual reality goggles and saw his next step.
There were shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, footage from the Warriors practice facility, of coach Steve Kerr talking to his team inside the Oracle Arena locker room and even a courtside view inside the building where there had been so much basketball bliss. There was music in the NextVR production, too, a song that had long since become a favorite in the Warriors' circles and, in the end, was quite perfect for the moment.
"I got a really big team, and they need some really big rings," the lyrics by renowned rapper, Drake, played. "Man, what a time to be alive ... Oh you switchin' sides? Wanna come with me?"
His influence extends beyond music.