The Anti Decision

I’m having a hard time understanding the anger directed at Kevin Durant for signing with Golden State. For one thing, he did it the right way. He didn’t go out and embarrass his former club, just the opposite, writing this piece in the Players Tribune.  Second, can you blame him for the move?

Durant is a nine-year veteran at this point in his career. He has done everything except win a title so he is joining a team that gives him a great shot to do it. What’s wrong with that?

Sure if you are an OKC fan this hurts a lot, but if you are not why are you upset? An immensely talented player used his free agency to find a place he wanted to play. He didn’t force his way out of OKC, he left after nine years.

Its funny how people forget certain things like the fact John Elway was drafted by the Colts, or Eli Manning was drafted by the Chargers. We forget those things because neither of them ever played a snap for those teams. Instead they forced their way out of those teams without even trying to play in the city that drafted them. Or how about Carmelo forcing his way out of Denver a few months before he hit free agency so he could get a bigger contract from the Knicks?

Durant didn’t do any of those things. He made the choice free agency allowed him to make. All the people howling about it should remember that.

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  • blmeanie  On July 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    With the power the players have in negotiations right now I wouldn’t be overly sad to see an NBA player that has taken a one+one deal with a new team so they can opt out next year and resign with same team for more money, go down with an injury. Greed shown by these players (with guaranteed contracts no less) is unbelievable. They are passing on $80-120M max contracts so that next year they can play shell game with the team and get another $30-$40M.

    Do you blame them? I guess not, but pick one, just one and have his knee blow out and see if that changes how these guys think about the deals they sign.

    Insane that $30M when you have made or could make in your career $150-$200M depending on who you are, matters.

  • blmeanie  On July 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

    thinking about this more now that the commotion has subsided. How is this different for Durant than you or me leaving a great job with a great company to go work for (maybe) a better company. The rewards (championship?) may be better, pay, bonus, career path, stock options…

    If the NBA wants to curb the super teams (Silver said as much) then in collective bargaining find a way to increase salaries more for staying with same team. if the fools gold tv money is going to continue to go way up, there is too much money to pass around and players will always be jumping ship.

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