Kevin Durant has received widespread criticism for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Among his many critics are former NBA players Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, indirectly saying he’s trying to take a shortcut toward greatness with an NBA championship caliber team.
But he gets a little bit of positive comments from some fans still, and the Spurs’ former team captain David Robinson was more open-minded, not writing off the upcoming season against the super-team.
According to Bleacher Report David Robinson said, “It’s not that easy and people can say what they want to say, but it’s still up in the air,” Robinson said.
“Nobody thought Cleveland would win the championship this year. There were four teams in the West they said they couldn’t beat and they were down 3-1 and they came back and won, so you just never know. You can’t write the script.”
He made an example of LeBron James back when he was teamed up with Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade who moved to the Chicago Bulls to join Jimmy Buttler.
David Robinson feels that it may take time for Kevin Durant and the Warriors to gel and maximize their full potential through teamwork.
And speaking of “The King” LeBron James- he’s been supportive of Durant’s decision to join the Warriors. According to a report by Business Insider LeBron James said, “When I saw the news I was like, “Wow.”
I think everyone had the “wow” thing. My [reaction] was no different from the average person who doesn’t know basketball to the person who watches it or covers it every day.
“So, I think it’s all great for our league. Our league is very competitive. It’s continued to grow, and [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver has done a great job of picking up where David Stern started, so it’s pretty cool.”
Team USA may not have dominated the Rio 2016 Olympics as most have expected, but the silver lining of the experience for Durant was to have had a feel of playing with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
It was a precursor of how well he could fit in playing with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the Warriors line-up.
In spite of Durant being criticized for his selfishness in leaving the Thunder, he’s also known for helping out Russell Westbrook find his way to NBA stardom.
Apart from that, Stephen Curry is the type of player who is more than willing to share the ball and make sacrifices for his team’s success.
Kevin Durant may have been right all along for joining the Golden State Warriors, and will very soon prove it.
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