That the Golden State Warriors were able to seize a powerhouse as Kevin Durant makes them winners despite their loss to LeBron James and the Cavs in last season’s finals. Or does it?
The Warriors had to sacrifice a lot to accommodate Kevin Durant in their team, letting go of Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli- depleting much of their back up talents.
The addition of Kevin Durant makes them a much smaller team. And if their starters run into trouble, they’d likely struggle for the rest of the game, so they’d either win big or less horribly too.
According to a report by Slam Stephen Curry said, “[My game] won’t change at all. That’s the reason KD joined — knowing we weren’t going to sacrifice anything, that we all have to be ourselves to make things work.”
“There will be some adjustments when it comes to the in-game flow and how we work together, but for us to be who we’re supposed to be, we all have to kind of elevate ourselves.”
Such is obviously easily said than done. The fact remains that change entails sacrifice. To win, to add a player as massive an influence as Kevin Durant requires a whole lot of adjustments not just for Stephen Curry but the whole team.
With a team that consists of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant how is it possible to maintain a trigger-happy style of play without affecting someone else’s offensive output?
It simply becomes a question of team rhythm at some point.
While this remains to be seen, NBA rumors of internal factions persist. Are we sensing trouble within? Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are still said to be not in usual terms after Green criticized Thompson for walking out after their loss to LeBron James and the Cavs.
While these NBA rumors were supposedly quelled after Rio where Durant played alongside Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, still such controversies exist between them.
Sensing a faction, this is something LeBron James and his army of Cavs could fully take advantage of when the new season starts. This puts them in a vantage position to defend their title.
Do we have a potential super-team break up in our hands?
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