The addition of NBA superstar Kevin Durant to a powerhouse team as the Warriors has literally changed the whole competitive landscape of the league. But it doesn’t make things easy on them either, at least not as easy on paper as the public expected it.
Basketball fans look on the matter as an easy way to win the NBA championship title. A short cut to the top. For that, they vilify Kevin Durant for his decision, and brand him as being weak for joining a team that has lost less than ten out of 82 games.
But his addition actually makes Kevin Durant Warriors more of an experimental team, rather than a finished product, coach Steve Kerr believes.
“I think our fans should really look forward to watching the growth of the team; whereas last year we were kind of a finished product on opening night. We really were. We were the same team that won the title.” Steve Kerr said in a report by CBS.
“This is a different team. We’ve got a lot of growing ahead. The fans should not be focused on how many wins we get, they should be focused on how different we look from one month to the next. Good luck with that, huh?”
For this reason, some are realizing how the Kevin Durant Warriors may end up losing more this season when they are perceived to be stronger. The struggles with having to mesh Kevin Durant Warriors with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green could be a sizable task.
It’s star players could struggle, as Durant who’ll be expected to be the focal point of their offense would drastically affect their ball possessions.
On his move to the Warriors to join Stephen Curry and team considered a “finished product” and already a championship caliber, Kevin Durant said, “No one cares about what I want as a person.”
“It was all about what I do on the basketball court. No one cares if I like fishing on Tuesdays or like taking pictures on the street. No one cares as long as I can shoot that ball into the hoop.”
“Why should I care what they think if they don’t care about me as a whole?” Kevin Durant said in an interview with the Washington Times.
Kevin Durant also expressed his disagreement that his decision to join Stephen Curry and the Warriors is a sign he’s weak.
“I think I’m the total opposite. There’s plenty of times I could’ve quit in this lifestyle that I’m in. There’s plenty of times when I lost I could’ve just said that’s it for me and let me move on.” Durant said.
“There’s plenty of times where my neighborhood could’ve kept me down. But I just kept going. So how am I weak when I’m at the top, elite level of my profession and just chose to play for a different team?”
So should we describe his decision to ride along as a sign of strength?
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