The Warriors’ acquisition of Kevin Durant had automatically made them the best team in the NBA on paper. Their stocks rose, and they were quickly branded a legit super team.
The real score of their situation showed when Kevin Durant debuted with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Prior to the preseason games, NBA rumors noted that the Warriors have been adjusting their game, especially on the offensive end mainly on their newest member Kevin Durant.
“He doesn’t have to fit in with us, We have to fit in with him.” Andre Iguodala said in a report by ESPN.
He was apparently nervous with the Warriors uniform, and shot 2-of-9. Their overall offense was not in sync, and Stephen Curry played reluctantly.
It didn’t help either that Durant was booed by the crowd, or treated like a villain. On that notion Stephen Curry said, “It’s just funny. I highly doubt anyone in this arena was affected by that, so it’s just funny.”
“They’re just buying into a narrative that doesn’t really make sense to me. It probably won’t be the last time, but he handles it well, and at the end of the day, it’s about playing basketball.”
There is a major difference between the preseason and the regular games. It would be unwise to take the former as seriously in arriving at a judgment, but it also can’t be denied that Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were adjusting to their tandem, and they lost.
The Warriors have become a smaller team with Kevin Durant, and his entry had weakened their second unit considerably. NBA rumors abound that the team is more beatable this season than the last.
There are also NBA rumors circulating that there could be an internal faction within the team that involves their main stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
Whether it’s due to having them share the spotlight, or a shift in team leadership, NBA rumors continue to speculate.
Speaking of chemistry, Kevin Durant had expressly named his favorite teammate of all time. Kendrick Perkins trade possible?
According to a report by NESN, on his friendship with Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant said, “He’s the greatest. Everybody loves him.”
He plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, and is currently a free agent, so he doesn’t have to come in via a Kendrick Perkins trade. Do we see a possible reunion between Durant and Kendrick Perkins in Golden State, as NBA rumors suggest?
Would this boost team chemistry, notwithstanding the fact that they need size and major improvements on defense?
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