The 2016-2017 NBA season is not yet upon us, however, controversies are starting to surface about the Warriors involving Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, as well as Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
Are the Golden State Warriors about to implode? Draymond Green was allegedly unhappy about how Klay Thompson reacted right after their loss to LeBron James and the Cavs in the finals.
Draymond Green felt the dejected Klay Thompson should have congratulated the winning team first, and not quickly exit the court into the locker room. He feels it was disrespectful for any of them to do, lacking sportsmanship.
According to the Morning Ledger, Draymond Green said, “That’s what a loser does. I’m not a loser. They earned it. They took it from us. It’s right to tell them congratulations.”
NBA rumors circulate, too, about a Stephen Curry text to Kevin Durant, and how the latter’s entry into the team may steal the spotlight from Stephen Curry.
Due to these suspicions, NBA rumors have it that the Hornets are trying to steal Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant from the Warriors. Curry will be a free agent next year and Kevin Durant can explore the free agency by that time too.
Stephen Curry will be a great addition to a defensive team led by Steve Clifford, as suggested by Real GM. Curry will surely bring out the best of Kemba Walker, balanced by a defensive player in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
But despite the dream of Stephen Curry returning to Charlotte, joining Kemba Walker this isn’t likely to happen.
The rumor banks on the failure of the Warriors to succeed, even if their partnership looks great on paper, but this is highly dubious. Kevin Durant’s experience with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Rio is a good example of how they’ve been able to test each other’s chemistry.
Even if there was a drift, their Rio experience shows they’re mature enough to overcome it, and it’s too minor an excuse to perpetuate at this point.
With Stephen Curry is more than willing to share the ball (and the spotlight) it is unlikely that the super team will break even supposing they lose against LeBron James and the Cavs once more.
With the opportunity they have right now as theoretically the best team in the league, they are just more likely to adjust and make sacrifices, build, and re-build, especially with Kevin Durant hungry for a title, and the rest of the crew looking to avenge their NBA Finals loss.
These guys are the leaders, and winners, as Draymond Green, claims he is, but they are likely going to be good friends too, on and off the court with that team-first attitude, minimal clashes, complementing the game style.
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