If you've been living under a rock in the past few days, I regret to inform you that Kevin Durant has decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, teaming up with Kyrie and DeAndre Jordan to *make a run at a title, because that prospect was entirely impossible with the Warriors. Durant, of course, has played a pivotal role for Golden State these past seasons, winning two straight Finals MVP's, and cementing his position as one of the greatest scorers that this game has ever seen. His legacy as a Warrior will be forever unchanged, and Warriors fans have him, in large part, to thank for creating the best basketball team of all time.
But he's gone, and quite frankly, the fan reaction to this has been unbelievably soft.
Durant is a mercenary, plain and simple. Is he one of the best players of all time to don the blue and gold?... yes. But at the end of the day, he got what he wanted. He got his hardware and bailed to go play in New York with his "friends".
I mean can we stop pretending like this guy has been here for a decade? Everywhere on twitter has been "much love KD" this and "good luck" that. No. Good luck? Are you kidding me?
Look, I hope he gets back healthy from his injury and returns to form in two years, but I'm not going to lose any sleep if the guy never wins a playoff series again. As far as I'm concerned, he's now just another player we have to worry about. This isn't Tim Duncan were talking about. He was here for three years, and was the focus of many of the problems within in the locker-room. He chose to play with Kyrie Irving on the Kumbaya Crew for less money, and now we get to see what it looks like when Kevin Durant is the mental alpha of an NBA franchise.
I mean if you're Steph, this offseason has to feel like a gigantic slap in the face. Curry took a back seat VOLUNTARILY in the apex of his prime, handed the keys to Durant, and then had to learn about his departure while boarding a flight to visit him in the hospital.
Kevin, you're mad that Warriors fans cheered louder when Curry makes a three than when you do? What did you think was going to happen? You thought that we would forget about the two-time MVP that brought the Bay it's first title in four decades WITHOUT YOU? You joined a team that had the best record in NBA history, but we should forget all that because you showed up, right?
You want to play with Kyrie Irving instead of Stephen Curry, you got it. If there's any NBA player who's easy-going and avoids the drama at all costs, it's Kyrie Irving.
Joe Lacob... forreal? Lacob announced today in a press release that he's essentially retiring No. 35 in the fallout of Durant leaving. Are we serious right now? You know what, remember when Klay said he thought the crowd wasn't getting as hyped as they did back in the day? This is why. We got fat, and now were retiring the number of a guy who played three years here. You know what, have fun at your new arena Joe. It's Levi's Stadium all over again, and while it'll sure be fun to listen to the pompous indifference of the techies filling the seats at the Chase Center, the rest of us fans will be at home. We Believe, Joe, but now we have some doubts.