Skip Bayless Resurrects The Most Tired Kevin Durant Take Of All
Just about everyone has that friend: you know, the one that has gotten so bored with their own lives that they've resorted to trolling people they don't even dislike. They stir the pot, gossip and create controversy where it doesn't exist because they can't face the reality of just how incredibly uninteresting their own existence is.
Well sports media has that guy too, and it's Skip Bayless.
You've heard by now that Kevin Durant is departing his beloved Oklahoma City to pursue a championship with the Golden State Warriors. Media, fans and players have reacted to the news in just about every manner possible. Some are disappointed, many are annoyed, others are sad and many more are excited at the prospect of a Warriors squad that resembles an All-Star team.
Here's what Fox Sports' newest prize-employee tweeted out in reaction to Durant's signing with Golden State:
Let's start with that first tweet. It's a lazy, uninspired take that's thrown around in lieu of any actual argument against future Hall of Famers playing together. It's something that people think they can get away with saying because it's a dead end hypothetical. There's no real way to disprove it, despite it being utterly absurd.
Secondly, it's all well and good that Russell Westbrook will have a chance to prove himself now that he will be fully out from under Durant's shadow, but before we anoint him the MVP he should probably start posting those triple-doubles in games that the Thunder actually win.
Back to Durant...
The truth of the situation is very simple: Michael Jordan would never have left to join forces with other superstars because he didn't have to. Just like Kobe Bryant didn't have to. Just like Larry Bird didn't have to. Just like Dwyane Wade didn't have to. Just like Tim Duncan didn't have to. Law of averages will tell you that some players are on the team that people join, and others are the players that join the team. Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp?
Jordan played his entire career alongside a guy in Scottie Pippen that could've carried Championship teams on his own. And his final three Championship also included another Hall of Famer and one of the greatest defensive players of all time in Dennis Rodman. Maybe he'd have won six rings without them, but yeah...probably not. That's just not how things work. No team wins with one guy and a bunch of average joes. The Lakers and Celtics of the 1980's were stacked with Hall of Fame talent, and benefited from playing in a league that had six fewer teams than it does today.
If we followed Skip's logic, that would mean that Magic Johnson and Bird should have won championships without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy and Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson. Does that sound rational to you? No? Good.
Say what you will about Lebron's mid-career move to Miami but if he'd had a player of Kyrie Irving's caliber playing alongside him since nearly the beginning, he'd never have left Cleveland. If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had the kind of chemistry necessary to win a ring together, they'd have done it by now and KD would be safe and sound in the arms of the cooing Thunder fans.
Durant may not be Michael Jordan. He may not be Lebron or Kobe or even Steph Curry for that matter. But none of that is because he left to join the Warriors.
It's time to dig a very deep hole and bury the "Michael would never have left the Bulls" take once and for all.
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