Now that the news of Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors has simmered down, I thought it would be the appropriate time to write about my initial thoughts on the signing and what I think of it now.
Days and nights prior I would be refreshing my Twitter with the tag “Kevin Durant” in my search bar. I was seeing people tweet at him hoping he’d see their tweet and decide to go to that person’s favorite team, or just what verified accounts were saying. Everything was a smoke screen at this point.
I expected the decision to be between OKC and Boston, to be completely honest. As a Celtics fan, I was hoping he’d come to Boston. I knew it was a dream, but I still had faith it could happen. I figured KD would sign a one-year deal with OKC then become a free agent once again with Russell Westbrook, or he would come to Boston and become immortalized as soon as he stepped onto the leprechaun on the hardwood floor. But the during the whole free agency fiasco my gut was telling me he’d return to OKC.
I was on a plane to Virginia with my family watching ESPN, frantically waiting to hear the news of where Kevin Durant would sign. I didn’t have Wi-Fi, so I was freaking out I’d find out about the decision hours after he announced it. Luckily, I had TV so I was all good. The analysts kept talking about where he could go and what they thought was best for him. I was very nervous, knowing that if he had chosen Boston it would change the franchise forever.
Then they stopped to bring us the breaking news: Kevin Durant will sign with the Golden State Warriors.
My initial thought? I was pissed. I was mad at Kevin Durant. I wasn’t mad he didn’t join Boston because realistically I knew it wasn’t going to happen. No, I wasn’t mad at that, I was mad he sold out and went to the Warriors. Now, some Warriors fans might get upset reading this, but let’s be real; Kevin Durant sold out and you know it. Everybody knows it. He took the easy way out; he went to the team that will carry him to a championship.
Instead of going back to OKC for at least one more season to try and win a ring, he decided he needed three of the best players in the NBA to help him win. It’s not like he joined a team that needed that one guy to help them win a title; no, he joined a team that won 73 regular season games last season and lost in game seven of the NBA Finals. Did I also mention that he joined the team that he lost to after being up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals?
That’s what upsets me the most right there. Instead of working to beat the team that beat his team, he joined them. He knows he can’t beat them, so instead of doing something about it, he just takes the easy way out and joins them. Larry Bird commented on the situation and said,
“I know back in the day, I couldn’t imagine going to the Lakers and playing with Magic Johnson. I’d rather try to beat him,” Bird said. “I could never imagine myself going and joining another team with great players, because I had great players and I was in a great situation.”
He says he took the hard road to win a title. He’s also full of crap. Joining Golden State was the worst move he could’ve made for his image. He looks like a follower and not the leader he should be. Joining a team like Boston or even going back to OKC would’ve been much harder for KD.
Stephen A. Smith said this right after hearing the news of the signing:
Don’t give a damn what anyone says: weak move by KD. You go to GSW, the team who beat you, when you’re already on a title contender? Please!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 4, 2016
After seeing this tweet I was shocked to think that I actually agreed with something Stephen A. Smith said. I couldn’t have agreed more with this tweet. It was like he read my mind or something.
From a business standpoint, I believe it’s terrible for the league. A move like this makes basketball less fun to watch, unless you’re a Warriors fan at least (which there should be a lot more of now). It’s not hard to tell that the Warriors will win a lot of games next season, and probably win a few championships in the years to come. Why bother watching them if you know they’re going to win all the time?
What happened to the competitiveness in the league? What happened to wanting to beat everybody, especially teams that knock you out of the playoffs? A move like this makes basketball look foolish in my opinion. It takes the competitive nature out of the game that every sports fan dies to see. I’m sure it’ll be fun to watch another Cavs/Warriors finals rematch, but at the end of the day, it’s not hard to predict who’ll win; and that’s what makes it not fun to watch.
I will say this, if the Warriors do lose (in the finals) with this team or don’t even make the finals, they’ll look bad and be a sad excuse of a “super team.” Also, if they do win a championship, I’ll credit the Warriors for winning the title, not Kevin Durant.
Sorry Kevin but you lost my respect. I respected you as a competitor and as a player but that got thrown out the window. Good luck to you in Golden State; I’m sure it’ll be a tough road ahead for you.