This blog is coming on the hills of the announcement by Kevin Durant that he has decided to join the Warriors. A number of people like Stephen A. Smith have harsh comments to say because of their bewilderment of his decision. I am not surprised by his decision but I’m disappointed because I wanted him to be the example of “staying the course” with your team when it’s a good squad and winning in spite of but it was not to be.
Unlike other highly charged “sports commentators” my approach to his decision will come from a different perspective. Everyone must keep in mind that Durant is chasing the almighty championship ring and that is what drove him to make this decision. I think free agency is great and players should be given the opportunity to explore what’s out there but at what cost to a team and fans that have been extremely loyal and supportive? Also, Durant was playing on one of the best teams in the League with another future “Hall of Fame” player in Russell Westbrook, all he needed to do was stay the course. The Thunder team that lost to the Warriors was actually better than the Warriors and they proved that when up 3 –1 but couldn’t close it out. Durant and Westbrook made bad mental decisions in those final games which resulted in the Warriors winning the series. With time and more maturity they would have learned not to repeat the same mistakes, no one will know what could have been. That which made KD falter in the Thunder series will show itself with the Warriors, believe that.
NBA basketball has become difficult to watch because the franchise players don’t have the inner fortitude of staying connected with a team and playing through the struggles like Jordan, Magic, Kobe, Zeke, Olajuwon, Bird etc. instead they continue to opt for instant gratification. Mark my word, this decision will be a costly one.
The basketball world is saying, well LeBron did it but the difference was LeBron was not playing with a “Hall of Fame” player on any of those Cleveland teams nor did he go to a team that was winning. When LeBron went to Miami that team sucked. Once King James made the move to Miami, the team started winning and that’s because the talent on the Miami team was better than the talent on the Cleveland teams and better coaches. Also, LeBron needed to be around seasoned players that could elevate him to the next level. Guess what? KD will not be in the company of seasoned players that can elevate him to the next level. He’s going into a situation whereby everyone is young, their chemistry is in synch and the Warriors house was built around them.
Does this move by Warriors management say that they don’t believe in the players that won 73 games and the championship in 2015? Contrary to what people say, chemistry plays a very important role in a team’s ability to win and believe me it’s hard to win 50 games, let alone 73. For all of the people that think, it’s a “rap” and the Warriors are going to run over all of the teams in the League and win another championship next year because they’ve added KD to roster, it will not happen and he will become a “traveling minstrel” like so many others without a championship ring.
Reggie Miller said it best: “KD is giving up his legacy to chase cheap jewelry.” KD you may have patterned your one legged jump shoot after Dirk Nowitzki, unfortunately you didn’t pattern your staying power after him.