On the eve of America’s birthday, a mega superstar in Kevin Durant made his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join a team that won 73 games during the 2015-2016 regular season. He’s going to a team that beat him in the 2016 playoffs, ATFER his thunder team was up 3-1 and only needing one more win to go to the NBA finals. He was 48 minutes away not one, not two but three times from gong to the NBA finals. KD, a top 3 player in the NBA made a decision in my opinion that is weak and embarrassing for a player of his magnatuide.
This decision is nothing in comparisons to Lebron James leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010. Lebron James left a team where he was the only star player and was getting no help and was not close to winning a championship. KD is leaving a team that has a superstar in Rusell Westbrook. He’s leaving a team that once again was 48 minutes from going to the NBA finals. He is leaving a team that with the new acquisitions should challenge once again for the NBA championship.
Again to me this is a weak move. I’m not calling KD a weak person I’m just saying his decision to join this team makes him look weak. He left a team that was “his” team to just be on a team. He doesn’t want to be a leader. This move clearly shows that he struggles with pressure. Struggles with expectations to deliver a championship. (That’s about to change though, what do you think they’re going to say about you KD, if Golden State doesn’t win next year). The expectations are still going to be there. This move is like he’s jumping on the bandwagon. This move clearly earses OKC from championship contenders. Now it’s just the Warriors and Spurs in the west versus Cleveland in the east.
Kevin Durant is entitled to do whatever he wants. It’s his right. The NBA is getting richer when the new TV deal kicks in this year and beyond. This deal allows teams to stock pile players because the salary cap is going so far north (in the stand point of money increasing) that you can now have 3-4 “true” max contract players on your team. I say true because there’s a lot of players getting max contract that truly are max contract players. Golden State is in position to pay Klay T., Draymond G., Stephen C. and KD for a long time. This could be a dynasty in the making.
This move by KD is a product of today’s society. Always taken the easy road. Always wanting everything now and can’t wait. Times definitely have changed.
Oklahoma stay positive and stay strong all is not lost. You still have a top 5 player in Russell Westbrook…. For one more year at least.