By Yusuf Gadlin
Make no mistake about it. Kevin Durant took the easy way out. I understand why the nine-year veteran made the decision to leave his former team (Oklahoma City Thunder) and join forces with the Golden State Warriors, but that doesn’t mean it was a respectable one.
There is a unwritten rule in all sports that any franchises Superstar player is supposed to do everything in his power to deliver a championship to his/her respective city. When it comes to the NBA, the superstar player is driven by the championship ring. If that superstar player fails in that attempt, that superstar becomes possessed, works tirelessly and ferociously in the offseason , comes back the following year, and tries it all over again. Some NBA superstars never win the ultimate prize but the fact that they gave their blood, sweat and tears in pursuit of a championship is why those players are respected and forever remembered for their heroic efforts.
Kevin Durant said “The hell with all that.”
This summer Kevin Durant joined a Golden State Warriors team that not only won a NBA record 73 games out of 82, but also had the NBA’s first ever unanimously voted most valuable player in Stephen Curry. To make matters worst, The Golden State Warriors were responsible for eliminating Kevin Durant in the Western Conference finals after Durant was up 3-1 in a best of seven series. After nine years and no championship, Kevin Durant quit. He didn’t want to be a superstar anymore. He didn’t want to bear the responsibility of putting an entire franchise on his back and propelling them to prosperity any longer.
He didn’t want to work tirelessly and ferociously another year.the pain of losing didn’t drive him anymore, it forced him to take the easy way out. Kevin Durant has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals. He has a 27.4 career scoring average and is a 7x NBA All Star. A payer of Kevin Durant’s caliber is supposed to beat them not join them.
Imagine if Michael Jordan quit on the bulls and said i’m joining the bad boy pistons[a] of the late 80’s early 90’s. Jordan and the Bulls lost to the Pistons for three consecutive years before finally beating them in 1991.
Imagine if Utah Jazz legends Karl Malone and John Stockton joined the Chicago Bulls in ‘97 after losing to the Bulls in the 1996 NBA finals because they wanted a championship by any means necessary. Stockton & Malone never won a championship, but the fact that they remained loyal to Utah and that burning desire to keep trying never dissipated makes them champions in the eyes of many.
Former Superstars and hall of fame legends like Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, New York’s Patrick Ewing, Indiana’s Reggie Miller never hoisted the Larry O’brien trophy but they damn near died trying, never gave up, and never took a short cut to glory. Its why those guys are forever respected. They never cheated the process. They never took the easy way out.
Kevin Durant may very well win a championship this year. To question the validity of it is something only he can do. When that final buzzer sounds and the confetti drops that’s when Kevin Durant will realize he took the easy way out.