NBA Players Have All The Emotions About Kevin Durant Joining The Warriors
On a beautiful Monday Independence Day morning, Kevin Durant announced via the Players Tribune that he will be leaving Oklahoma City to join Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Then NBA Twitter promptly went totally off the rails.
The overreaction to Durant's decision to leave his longtime team to pursue a different avenue to a Championship should come as no surprise to anyone, as the criticism is highly reminiscent of the reaction that Lebron James received back in 2010 when he left the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.
The fact of the matter is that many NBA fans, and even some former players, still maintain a perception of the NBA as a place where every team has one superstar, despite the fact that the league has not been like that for a very long time; if it ever was at all. Durant's move may not have been the most admirable to those (like me) who believe that he could've lifted a borderline team to greatness rather than joining a potential dynasty that's already in progress. Had Durant ended up on a team like the Celtics or the Wizards, parity in the NBA would've been as high as it's been in a very long time.
Instead, we're left with same three or four power teams to duke it out in the Conference Finals yet again. Sigh. But should he really be penalized for doing what he thinks is the sure thing? According to the Thunder themselves, the answer is no.
Does that all come off a little bit patronizing? Well sure, but what the hell else are they supposed to say? Durant gave it a great shot in OKC and is leaving there with one loss in the Finals to his name. The Thunder are left with a bonafide MVP candidate in Russell Westbrook, passionate fans and one of the better coaches in the league. They'll be fine, and maybe in the end this will be the best thing for them.
Plus this tweet from Jeff Teague kind of says it all, doesn't it?
The Splash Brothers and KD really are going to be quite a show to watch. Whether or not they will be as successful together as they have been separately remains to be seen, but no one can say that it won't be entertaining either way.
Still, this is America, as is being so aptly celebrated as I sit here typing. And in America we sip the haterade, right Iggy?
I guess there's nothing like a free agency mega-signing to ease the pain and sorrow of an embarrassing NBA Finals loss. Here's are a few more of the mixed reactions from current and former players around the league:
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