Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by batkins, Jul 4, 2016.
People who believed that didn't follow the Thunder closely.
Durant IS a free agent this offseason
Next off season...thought he signed a 2 year deal?
This is why most NBA fans are supe
I think it's funny that people spend time trying to figure out who Durant is better friends with based off of brief glimpses into his life from television and social media.
Saturday shows why Kevin Durant left Russell Westbrook
OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was the longest conversation the two superstars had engaged in since Kevin Durant's departure. At the time, the Golden State Warriors were up 18 on the Thunder with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in Saturday's third quarter.
Following a Victor Oladipo 3-pointer, Durant had some words for Russell Westbrook, who simply answered his former teammate with, "I'm coming!"
That miniature exchange exemplified Durant’s frustration in playing alongside Westbrook for those eight years with the Thunder. It was always, “I’m coming. I’m coming.” Meanwhile, the team wasn’t going anywhere.
Westbrook poured in a game-high 47 points to go with 11 boards and eight assists on Saturday. However, he turned the ball over 11 times, and the Warriors exited Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 130-114 victory.
Durant registered a team-high 34 points and nine rebounds. He’s averaging 37.7 points against the Thunder, and the Warriors are 3-0 against them on the season.
Kevin Durant, left, scored 34 points to Russell Westbrook's 47 in their OKC reunion on Saturday.
Saturday's contest was one that lived up to the Westbrook-Durant billing. To everyone’s surprise, they had a few mano a mano situations.
A team source said Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the one who came up with the idea of switching Durant onto Westbrook in the middle of the third. Kerr had never before assigned Durant to a point guard. One of the players told ESPN it was a tactic that worked.
Westbrook couldn’t resist the urge to take it to his former teammate. The stage was too massive; the basketball world was salivating for it. He had to give the audience what it wanted.
According to ESPN Stats & Information data, Durant guarded Westbrook on a total of seven plays. Westbrook went 2-of-5 for eight points on those plays and committed one turnover.
The Warriors got Westbrook to go one-on-one instead of running the offense. Westbrook’s eight assists accounted for 19 points. But that was almost offset by his turnovers, which equated to 15 points for the Warriors, per ESPN Stats & Information research.
Durant has seen how that movie ends on far too many occasions. He needed a change.
The constant disconnect on the court with the Thunder, particularly on the offensive end, began to wear on Durant mentally as early as their second season together, league sources told ESPN. Throughout his OKC tenure, Durant asked for more ball movement. At times, it looked like the Thunder might have turned the corner, but it was never sustained.
On sheer talent alone, Durant's union with Westbrook instantly catapulted the Thunder to being one of the league’s best teams. But when going against a team with supreme talent and discipline, they were overmatched.
Durant desired continuity and teammates willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. After nine seasons with the franchise, he wasn’t convinced that would ever occur.
Kevin can continue to be the beta bitch ass he is & continue to throw Russ & the Thunder under the bus.
Heard some radio shows recently whose hosts were defending Durant with the weak.... "if YOU gave 10 years to YOUR company and were offered a better opportunity, you would leave too".
It's not about Durant leaving.... it's about Durant leaving to the WARRIORS. The same team who beat you VERY recently.
I'm not a huge Garnett fan, but this is EXACTLY what happened with Ray Allen. Wait.... Durant is worse since he's prime. "Weakest move ever by a superstar".
If Durant needed to leave, Washington was perfect. Return home, and face less competition in the East. Wizards could have 4 All-Stars with KD.
I also think this rockets team with Durant could take down the Cavs and of course the 73 win warriors.
With nene/Gordon/dekker/Harrell of the bench would have been just plain nasty and would maybe be a better offensive team than the warriors are this year.
Defensively they would be pretty solid too. Not quite as good but still top 5 imo.
Unfortunately I think the ship had sailed.
Unless...... we go down to them 3-1 in the WCF and then come back and win the series.
We know KD is a sucker for jumping to the team he chokes against lol.
The NBA is not like other companies. That's the issue. Acting as if the NBA is the same as, say, Google, is silly.
alls i know is that the nba is a business. that's all i keep hearing whenever a trade goes down
Damn, who wrote this crap? A 12-year-old Warriors fan?
Stop hating, Durant is going to have a ring, and has a better life in that good city. He was a free agent, he was not asking to be traded, never heard that he was a bad person either, just leave him alone.
It makes sense to me. The media portrays champions differently. These guys get a significant bump in their career by winning one so why not take the easy way. To me its the leagues fault for allowing 8 all stars to be on 2 teams. Its really boring and the reason most NBA fans are super casual.
No doubt. We understand why he did it.
I'm saying it's the weakest move ever by a star player.
Wizards would've had 3 All-Stars, maybe 4 with Gortat.
The OKC is still a better team than the Wizards if Durant returned to the OKC, the OKC is the same level as the GS if he returned. Only team that would be better than others is the GS with a addition of him, that is why he went for it. Not saying that the move is a good move for the NBA, but it is a logical move for him if he does not want to return to the OKC.
Sorry but this sounds very "whiny" to me. Now wasn't Durant's contract up meaning that he was a free agent? If so, please explain your definition of the word FREE because to me that meant that KD could go ANYWHERE he so chose. He chose the GSW which, again, was HIS choice and no one else's. It doesn't mean squat that he could have gone to the Wizards giving them 4 All-Stars or that he could have stayed in OKC and kept banging his head against a West "brick" wall because when all is said and done the first thing folks will judge him on is whether or not he won a championship. That's what's held against Barkley, Stockton, Malone and one of my personal favorites, Bob Lanier. All are Basketball HOFers yet all don't have that championship ring so they have to live with that asterisk on their careers. KD wants what LBJ wanted: to win multiple championships and I certainly can't fault him for that. At least he didn't go and slap OKC in the face by announcing his decision with a prime time TV special. Or let me put it another way: as sick a player as James Harden is, how do you think his legacy will read if he stays with the Rox but never wins that ring? At some point ALL great players want that on their resumes.
I'm fine with Durant leaving. Hell, I love the fact he screwed over OKC fans in the process. That's great. But come on. How do you go to a team that kicked a teammate of yours in the nuts? How do you go to a team that took your 3-1 lead and shoved it up your ass? You know the second that series ended, he told teammates and fans alike "we will get them next year" only to join them. That's the shitty part. Either this was a cold and calculated maneuver, or Durant did this on a spur of the moment type of thing, either way, it doesn't look good on him. But hey, if he gets that ring, he really accomplished something, right? Heck, why doesn't Chuck try and get in shape and join this team too? He could finally get that ring, because that's what really secures your legacy.
You are just wasting time and words at this point. What is Hillboy said is correct. What you just said (what I quoted) is correct also. It wasn't spur of the moment. He knew everything that would happen and how it would be looked at. He took that trade off for what is probably a ring or two. Or if things went really well 3-4 championships.