After a meeting with Golden State on Friday [July 1], Kevin Durant made a very important decision to take his talents to the Warriors this upcoming 2016-2017 season. Such a decision has triggered some deep emotions from his fans, some of which have chosen to burn his jersey as part of their grieving process.
NBA fans altogether have been debating the integrity of such a choice. There are some who believe Durant’s decision was cowardly. People seemed to have been displeased with the fact Durant is leaving a strong team to go to a team that has beat him consecutive times. To some it seems like the easy way out. Stephen A. Smith had a very passionate opinion about the topic as he took to Twitter to state:
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
In contrast, there are some basketball fans who are perfectly fine with Durant’s decision and who deem it no worse than Lebron James’ decision to take his talents to Miami after seven years and no ring with his hometown in Cleveland.
Furthermore, Durant’s decision is final. Durant will now exchange the white, royal, and orange for the infamous gold and blue. But the question now is what role will he play on a fully loaded Golden State team? Are his talents immaculate enough for him to stand out and be a franchise player or will he fall in the background and simply do just enough?
In the midst of the uproar that Durant’s decision caused, a reassuring message that was sent to Durant from Steph Curry has recently surfaced sharing Curry’s feelings about a possible season as teammates. According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, Curry stated how he could care less about who is the face of the franchise, who gets the most recognition or who sells the most shoes. Curry also told Durant that if Durant won the MVP Award again, he would be in the front row of the press conference clapping for him. In closing, Curry’s message to Durant was that all he truly cared about was winning championships and he’d like to do that as his teammate.
What’s your opinion on Durant’s free agent trade?