This 4th of July, Oklahoma City residents are using their barbecue pits to cook Kevin Durant jerseys instead of hot dogs. As the dust settles from Durant’s shocking Independence Day announcement that he’s leaving the Thunder to create a new super team with the Warriors, NBA fans and media are burying Durant for taking the path of least resistance to a title.
On Speak for Yourself today, Colin and Jason looked at what his defection to the Golden State superpower says about Kevin Durant.
Jason doesn’t respect Durant bolting Oklahoma City to join a loaded Warriors team because he chose the easiest route to his elusive first championship. He compared Durant needing to join the Warriors to Stringer Bell from ‘The Wire’.
“Kevin Durant, I’m gonna do my ‘Wire’ analogy, he’s Stringer Bell. Stringer Bell was the villainous character in the Wire. Avon Barksdale, who’s LeBron James, the toughest guy on the Wire. Kevin Durant is not tough enough for this game. He has to go find an easy path to get his titles. So he goes and joins the best team in regular season history. I got no respect for this.”
Colin sees the Durant’s split to Oakland as a bi-product of a dysfunctional relationship with Russell Westbrook, with whom he realized would never coexist
“I think Durant looks at it and says ‘The narrative is ‘oh, we get along great.’ Behind the scenes Durant’s like, ‘I gave this 9 years. He’ll never change. I want a new team.'”
The fallout of the Kevin Durant bombshell is still being sorted out, but both guys agree the most obvious loser in the sweepstakes is the Oklahoma City Thunder. In a matter of minutes, they went from being positioned to contend in the Western Conference for the foreseeable future, to discussion swirling whether they should try to trade Russell Westbrook, blow up the roster, and start from scratch.
Kevin Durant, NBA villain. Born on the Fourth of July.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 4, 2016