Up 3-1 in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant is 48 short minutes away from securing his first NBA title and for the Warriors, their second title in three years. With that being said, it’s time to stop harping over Durant’s move to Golden State.
It’s time to let go, move on and move forward with our lives. Durant’s move to Golden State has been the most scrutinized decision by a professional athlete since LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami back in 2010.
The 2016-17 NBA season has been a year full of NBA fans and the sports media discussing and debating Durant’s decision to leave long time teammate Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. How could he take the easy way out and join the 73-9 Warriors after losing to them in the Conference Finals the year before? Where’s his competitive spirit, they asked all season long.
Well, it’s about time for us to stop analyzing his decision and how things might’ve been different. Durant left, joined Golden State and Steph Curry and created a power house among some of the greatest that we’ve ever seen in the NBA; a powerhouse that is a legitimate threat to win multiple more championships in the near future if they manage to keep their core group together.
Many who follow the NBA continue to complain that Durant’s move is bad for the league and that he is single-handedly to blame for an unfair shift of power in the NBA. But contrary to popular belief, NBA ratings are still as high as they’ve ever been. Although fans from the casual to the die-hard variety are complaining about the lack of parity in the NBA, one thing remains the same.
They still continue to watch. Whether it’s to see someone knock off this incredible super team or whether it’s to watch them make history night in and night out.
Things are fine for the NBA right now, but 2-3 years down the line, when the Warriors are sweeping through the playoffs as they’re likely to do this year, it’ll be interesting to see whether ratings decline and how the casual fan feels about the NBA and the lack of competition throughout the league due to Golden State’s dominance.
Durant was a free-agent last summer and was entitled to do as he pleased in free-agency. But some saw his decision as a “If you can’t beat em, join em” kind of thing.
Durant doesn’t owe anything to anyone, as much as we’d like to believe he does. He made the best decision for himself and his career and that’s all that it really comes down to. He chose winning, playing with great teammates and living in an appealing area over a more difficult road. And nowadays all-time greats are judged on their ability to win championships, so can you really blame him?
Maybe this leads to a real shake-up in the NBA. Might we see a few more super teams constructed by players joining forces in an attempt to take down the all-mighty Warriors. Chris Paul could decide to part ways with Doc Rivers and LA in exchange for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs, Gordon Hayward might bolt for the Celtics, and hell, maybe even LeBron decides that his second stint in Cleveland has come to an early end and leaps for the West coast in attempt to join forces with his buddies Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Paul as rumors have started to swirl.
One thing’s for certain, Durant’s decision has led to some incredible history this season and it’s really shaken up the league for the foreseeable future, maybe even more so than we think or know, but it’s time we move on, let go of this grudge we’re all holding against him and stop blaming him for making a decision that was right for him.