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Taking the “easy way out” to win a championship is not something that interests Myles Garrett.
The Cleveland Browns second-year defensive end, appearing on The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima on 92.3 The Fan, was spoke on the subject of Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent July 4, 2016.
“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out, in my mind,” Garrett said.
The top overall selection in the 2017 draft by the Browns said there is a difference in what Durant did in leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent to join Golden State, which was coming off losing in the NBA Finals to the LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and what James did when he went to Miami in 2010 to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
“It’s different when LeBron left,” Garrett said. “He went to (Miami to join) Wade and Bosh, but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. (James) had to jell and work things into place.”
Garrett’s thoughts are probably partial as he plays in Cleveland, which has lost three of the last four NBA Finals to Golden State, the last two with Durant leading the way, but his comments were biting, nonetheless. Garrett was part of a Browns team that went 0-16 last year. He recorded seven sacks in his rookie season.
“If I were him, I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” Garrett said of Durant. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now.”
Before joining Golden State, Durant’s Oklahoma City team had blown a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Western Conference Finals against Golden State.
“There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that,” Garrett said. “You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”