If you are a Oklahoma City Thunder fan this is the day basketball died for you,. You had both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on your team which means you had every reason to believe you were a title contender. With one decision it changed everything for OKC and for the warriors and everyone else in the NBA. It bought out the worse in some like Stephen A Smith who went ballistic on fellow sportscaster Chris Brousard. See the video below for that rant.
What the Durant signing with the Warriors does is re affirm the Super Teams are in play more than ever. It got me thinking could you picture Magic and Bird opting out to hook together or Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley playing on one team. Of course not why? Because all of them were competitors looking to beat each other , these players are competitors in the same sense , the rules are different and they are working the rules to form super teams and make the most money they can get as soon as they can get. The key word for all of them is …opt- out. It works for LeBron it will work for Durant . Could you imagine Bird , Magic or Jordan opting out to make money like this ? The players are business men who wear shorts and sneakers, getting paid is first winning is a close second so if they can do both at the same time …why not? Unless you are the fan base like Oklahoma City who losing a star like Kevin Durant. It’s not like Durant is going to a bad team , The Golden state warriors won 73 games an all time best single season record for wins and was one win away from winning back to back titles , would the Warriors have gone after Durant if they had won the title this season? Hard to say. But there is no mistaken all the pressure is squarely on them right now. They are the favorites to win the NBA Title next season , no excuses and no whining about one ball and 5 players …all have to share the rock.
Does Durant make the Warriors better? Hard to imagine they getting better from 73 wins to what 75 wins ? He is still in the cutthroat Western Conference with San Antonio, the Cliipers , The Rockets and the Mavericks . First round match ups get dicey out west and you can get tripped by lesser teams so the pressure is on the Warriors . But no matter how much we complain about it the landscape has changed again and the money being tossed around is nothing compared to next season when Durant can get 32 million per … Insane!