For Kevin Durant, if you can't bet 'em, join 'em!
by John Jastremski
Jul 05, 2016 | 13058 views | 0 0 comments | 704 704 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The “Summer of Durant” reached an unexpected conclusion on Fourth of July in an announcement that stunned the basketball world.

When I woke up early Monday to find out that Kevin Durant, one of the three best players in the NBA, was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, I have to admit I almost dropped my phone in disbelief.

The Warriors won 73 games last season. Yes, it was a season that ended in bitter disappointment thanks to Lebron James and the Cavaliers, but before the news, you figured the Warriors were still the favorites to win the 2016-2017 title.

Now a team that already has two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is going to add Kevin Durant to the fold?

It almost doesn’t seem fair!

This is the sort of move you expect to make when you rig your roster in NBA2K, but the reality of Durant joining this powerhouse in Golden State will be a scary proposition for the rest of the NBA.

There are so many layers to this decision and it certainly has an unbelievable impact on the NBA for years to come.

I understand the thought process from Kevin Durant...somewhat. He’s trying to put himself in a position to win multiple championships and he is of the belief that the Golden State Warriors give him the best opportunity to do so.

That’s all well and good, however he was in a situation in Oklahoma City where he was more than capable of winning a title.

Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder team had a 3-1 series edge in the Western Conference Finals over the Warriors before losing in heartbreaking fashion in seven games.

The dynamic duo of Durant and Russell Westbrook and other complimentary pieces appeared to be Golden State’s main challenger in the Western Conference.

The idea of squandering a 3-1 series edge, playing poorly in the sixth game of the series and then deciding to join your opponent in the offseason just rubs me the wrong way.

I’m not saying that Kevin Durant is making a poor decision, because for basketball reasons he is not, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Patrick Ewing would have never left New York to play with Michael Jordan in Chicago. Isiah Thomas would have never left Detroit to play with Magic Johnson to beat the Celtics.

Sadly, the modern athlete has changed in many ways. I’ve simply grown to accept it’s the way things are done in 2016.

Kevin Durant is following the path of Lebron James in 2010 when he took his talents to South Beach.

Durant, like Lebron will be vilified, maybe not as strongly, but there will be a lot of opposition to his decision.

He will have to prove it’s the right decision by delivering multiple championships.

Fair or unfair, that’s the standard for Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors.

Somewhere on summer vacation, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is smiling ear to ear.

Why you may ask?

The NBA for years has always had it’s fair share of dynasties and super teams. These teams become must-see TV and it’s either you love them or you love to hate them.

It was Russell’s Celtics, Magic’s Lakers, Jordan’s Bulls, Lebron and The Heat, and now the Golden State Warriors.

On Monday, Kevin Durant made his feelings very clear. If you can’t beat em, join em.

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