Last week, Smith had Durant’s mom, Wanda, on First Take and told her directly that her son’s move to the Warriors was “weak“.
Former President Barack Obama sent a congratulatory text to Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant following the team’s championship win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Something just doesn’t feel right.
They made their group plea to Kevin Durant last summer, Stephen Curry and the core of the Golden State Warriors traveling cross-country to go at a prized free agent the only way they do it around here: with “Strength in Numbers”. I don’t see a big gap.
“There is nobody having more fun than me”, Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said. “I’ve got nothing but love and respect for him and I can’t wait to compete against him again next season”.
Several media outlets, including CNBC and the New York Daily News, reported that the Warriors plan to skip the visit per a unanimous team vote.
Golden State took the series’ first three games before Cleveland won a game at home, creating a 3-1 deficit.
But it gets even better.
The difference is that James joined a team on the rise, while Durant joined a team already at their peak.
Kerr was hired as the Warriors’ coach on May 19, 2014 and guided the team to a 67-15 regular-season record and an National Basketball Association championship in 2014-15. And then when I came back, we just kept going from there. But going from Russell Westbrook‘s running mate in Oklahoma City to world champion with Golden State capped off an interesting season for Durant.
With him, they were just about unbeatable.
Curry put up just 14 points in a disappointing game four of the Finals at Quicken Loans Arena – he only scored fewer points in eight games across the regular season and playoffs – but claimed a 34-point double-double as the Warriors clinched a 4-1 series win on Monday.
An All-NBA core that already included Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green got even more risky, and the 2017 NBA Finals were a flawless representation of how far behind the rest of the league is.
It just wasn’t fair to be able to add another NBA MVP to that list.
You couldn’t help but wonder what Kevin Durant was thinking last night as the clock ticked down to the NBA Championship. “I put in the work individually, in the film room, in my mind, my body every, single day to prepare myself for whatever obstacle that this ball club entails”. “I don’t believe in that”.