Social media is melting down from all the “Kevin Durant isn’t tough enough” hot takes. Predictably, critics are jumping on Durant for not having what it takes to be the main man for a title team, and joining the superstar collective in Golden State for an easier path to his first title.
Charles Barkley has been an outspoken critic of Durant leaving, in a recent interview he called out Durant for trying to “cheat” his way to a title.
Charles Barkley: ‘Kevin Durant is Trying to Cheat His Way into a Championship’ https://t.co/A2BIF2vuK6
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) July 6, 2016
The most astounding thing about Barkley’s comments is their lack of self of awareness. Barkley forced his way out of Philadelphia in 1992 to Phoenix. And at the end of his career, he created a failed super team in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon and Scottie Pippen.
Today in the Herd, Colin pointed out that the public doesn’t like Kevin Durant to the Warriors, or LeBron to the Heat, because they’re foregoing the struggle, and traditional story arc, for a short cut to a ring.
“We don’t like 26 year-old tech billionaires. We don’t like you to just hop over to a team that’s loaded to win. That’s not the way the story works. There’s an order to stuff, and we like that certain order. And if you mess with that order, it messes with us.”
The romantic NBA memories of yesterday are rooted in a false premise that “players didn’t used to leave”. They did, they just did it at the end of their career. From Charles, to Mitch Richmond, to Gary Payton, to Karl Malone, ring hunting at the end of a career is nothing new.
Nobody has a problem that David West just signed with the Warriors for so little he has to get a part time job at Best Buy to cover some expenses. Ray Allen has expressed interest in un-retiring to play for the Warriors after a two-year absence from the league. They paid their dues.
Durant is just accelerating the timeline and people can’t stand it. He doesn’t see nobility in the masochistic struggle of giving all of his best years like Karl Malone. He’d prefer to sit back in the Warriors G5 and enjoy the luxury ride to a title in his prime.