Does Kevin Durant Ensure The Warriors A Title?
It was a pretty busy July 4th holiday this year for many reasons. But there was nothing more significant than an NBA free agency decision that rivaled “The Decision” by LeBron James a couple years back. The buzz surrounding Kevin Durant’s free agency decision was just as captivating as the fireworks that accompanied 4th of July festivities. Reports confirmed that Durant was nearly 90% returning to the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. Well, that 10% prevailed. Yes, Durant will be leaving the team he carried throughout the playoffs for the team that came back and beat him when he was up in the conference finals series 3-1.
Looking at the Warriors lineup, they now feature two of the top 3 players in the NBA, KD and Steph Curry, and two top 15 players in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. There is no doubt that this team will be back in the playoffs next year. But I for one believe they cannot repeat or have a better record than their record breaking 73-9 regular season record. But as they say, it don’t mean a thing without the ring. Kevin Durant has the capability to set this team over the edge to get that desired ring.
Let’s shift the focus from the West to the East. After all, the East did beat the West in the Finals this year, so where does that leave the Cleveland Cavaliers? Can they repeat? The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t suffer any damage to their starting lineup, but where they did lose integral pieces was their bench. Losing Matthew Dellavedova, J.R. Smith, and Timofey Mozgov could prove fatal to the Cavaliers’ chance at a repeat. However, reports are circling around that the Cavs may indeed sign Dwyane Wade to pair up with LeBron James for a reunion. We shall see how it all plays out.
Who else in the East could challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers and their journey for a repeat? Should the fans lose any respect for Kevin Durant because of this huge move? See what Gabe Morency and Chris Meaney have to say about the NBA free agency frenzy on Game Time Decisions.
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