Kevin Durant Made a Huge Mistake, Here’s Why

Kevin Durrant is one of the greatest skillful basketball players globally. 2x NBA champion, 2x Finals MVP, 4x scoring champion, MVP, A member of the 50–40–90 club, NBA 75th Anniversary team, Rookie of the year, etc. When is all set and done, Kevin can be arguably one of the greatest. For this reason, it is hard to believe that Kevin Durrant is not playing in the postseason. After being swept by the best defensive team in the NBA Boston Celtics. It's safe to say that the Brooklyn Nets need to make adjustments before the 2022–23 NBA season. Not only that Brooklyn needs to be changed from a basketball perspective, but Kevin himself may need to reflect on his decision on leaving the Golden State Warriors. Kevin left a dynasty to try and build another one. True fans of Kevin durant understand why he made that call to move out of the Bay Area. His relationship with Draymond wasn't good, General Manager Bob Myers wasn't giving Durant his roses, Kevin never felt like a genuine member of the roster because he wasn't drafted there like Curry, Thompson, and Green, and he didn't agree with Kerr's ball movement motion on the offensive side of the ball, and after being injured during the 2019 postseason he felt rushed to play and save them from losing in the 2019 NBA Finals. Not only that Kevin was crucified for joining a 73–9 winning team after they beat him and Rusell Westbrook in the western conference finals. Kevin would never be the leader and franchise player of the Golden State orginazation, that spot was already taken by the beloved fan-favorite Stephen Curry. Kevin never felt appreciated enough to stay. Question is, was leaving the Golden State Warriors a huge mistake, or the right choice for his career.

Since Kevin Durrant join the team it's been great. After returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon, he averaged 26.9 in the 2020–21 season, and this season he average 29.9, still giving you great numbers and elevating his team with his skillful elite play. But The Brooklyn Nets still came up short for the past two seasons. Under the coaching of Steve Nash, they lose in the second round of the postseason to the Milwaukee Bucks, and to make matters worst they get swept by the great defensive team Boston Celtics this season. Kevin Durrant is not the blame, he gives you great production but he has to deal with the unwanted circumstances of Kyrie Irving, and dealing with James harden wanting out of the Nets organization. Maybe things would be different if Kyrie Would play a full season, and if James Harden had stayed with the Nets. The three of them together on paper was the greatest offensive ever assembled according to the Media.

Meanwhile, Golden State has been working behind the scenes as soon as Kevin Durrant left to join the Nets. They Drafted Poole, Kuminga, Moody, and the number one overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft James Wiseman. The warriors develop their players, they made some good off-season decisions by getting Gary Payton II, bringing Andre Iguodala back, adding Porter Jr, and trading Deangelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins all within a two-year span. The team eventually gets Klay Thompson back, and before you know it it becomes a snowball effect. The snowball gets bigger to the point it landed them in the 2021–22 NBA Western Conference Finals. It's painful to say that since Kevin left the organization, they have gotten better. It took some time for this Warrior team to get back into what they used to be. The team had a 15–50 record in the 2019–20 season, the very next season an 39–33 record, and now a spot in the western conference finals this season. If the Warriors were to make the finals let alone win it, the media would have to examine Kevin Durant's decision. At the moment it looks like he made a huge mistake by joining Kyrie in the Brooklyn nets organization. I have no doubts that Brooklyn will contend for a title since they will have the services of Ben Simmons next season and Kyrie will able to play full-time.

Kevin Durant owns words during media Day, “I felt like it was time for a change. I wanted to play for a new team. I simply really think about what I was leaving behind or what we accomplished. I put that up on the shelf already. When it was time to make a decision on my future I just thought solely about me.”

Colin Cowherd's own words on the Herd, “He made an awful decision to team up with Kyrie Irving over Steph Curry and leave not only a great teammate, not only a dynasty but one of the highest functioning professional sports franchises in America,”

Stephan A. Smith's own words on First Take, “You were about going someplace on your won, but choosing Kyrie Irving as a compade, as opposed to Steph Curry. Now as a basketball player, Kyrie Irving is sensational. As far as I'm concerned, hes on that steph curry level, the brothers spectacular and Kyrie Irving is a hall of fame talent. But in terms of the drama that comes along with him, considering the fact that Kevin Durant is agaisnt drama. he dosent want no parts of that. Interfering with a baskeball season and a baskeball team. It seems foolhardy for him to make that selection.”

Kevin left a dynasty, a chance to win multiple titles, and MVP’S. It wasn't about what was on the table it was more about what was best for Kevin Durant. But was it worth what Kevin Durant endured so far with the Kyrie situation, Ben Simmons drama, and the James Harden experience, and jeopardizing the chance to play with the best product on the court? Was it worth not making a finals appearance since 2019, and seeing your former teammates possibly winning another title? Let's face it Kevin Durant is getting older, and in the basketball, world time speeds up for players, and before you know it you're either out of your prime or out of the league. The next couple of seasons may be critical for Durant to make a mark in NBA History and to continue to be an all-time great. Many believe that winning titles will elevate Kevin’s status as one of the greats. Can Kevin Durant win a title outside of the warriors, if not it will only prove that Kevin Durant's titles are questionable and that he may not be one the greatest currently playing the game of basketball? Not only that, but this made proved that Durant's decision was the worst he has made in his basketball career.

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