KD’s Decision? His Right, But Terrible…

Yesterday, Kevin Durant made his decision- and everyone has an opinion on that. He’ll go to Golden State, joining the 73–9 Warriors who, like his Oklahoma City Thunder this past post-season, blew a 3–1 lead in a playoff series to end their season. One of the top three players in the world, Durant will team with Steph Curry, giving Golden State the last three MVP awards in one line-up. The Warriors immediately become the favorites to win the 2017 NBA Championship.

I doubt Kevin Durant is losing much sleep over the largely negative reaction to his decision. He signed a two-year max contract, so he will be paid quite well, and he very clearly laid out his thought process behind his decision at the Players’ Tribune. You might not like his decision, but he earned his free agency, and he made the decision he wanted. You’ll go to your job tomorrow, and so will he.

This does not mean we can’t have an opinion on the matter, and well, I do. Kevin Durant took the easy way out. He went from his conference final team to the team who beat him. He went from a really good team to a record breaking team. After several years of coming so close, he decided he needed to play on the overwhelming favorites next year, to maximize his chances at a championship. Rather than trying to improve a failing franchise, or improve his current, successful team, Kevin Durant decided to take the path of least resistance. He leaves behind a team that was so close, and needed just a last little push to get over the top. I really always liked Durant, so that’s disappointing.

Inevitably, this is going to draw comparisons to LeBron James “Decision” to go to Miami back in 2010. I understand why, as both created “super teams,” so I didn’t like either. For years, I wasn’t a fan of LeBron after that. There are differences though. LeBron’s Cavs in 2010 were a train-wreck that he was holding up by himself, while Durant’s Thunder were conference finalists last year. LeBron was on a team that had no other stars at that time, Durant plays with one of the best point guards in the world. LeBron went from his Cavs to a team that had a worse record the season before, while Durant is going to a team that just broke the league’s win record. To be fair to Durant, his leaving Oklahoma City is a much less emotional decision than LeBron leaving his hometown Cavaliers was. I guess that’s a small consolation.

The only vote that mattered in this was that of Kevin Durant. He made his decision. Now he’ll just have to deal with the boos and dislike of fans everywhere. I doubt he’ll lose much sleep over it.

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