In any lasting relationship, there has to be chemistry. Sometimes mismatched personalities have a spark, but over time the personalities don’t work. Sometimes it’s easier to break up with someone than trying to make a bad relationship work.
There’s a reason why guys who go to Coachella every year don’t typically date financial advisers. The financial adviser doesn’t want to have to tell her Whole Foods loving boyfriend to tone down the drum circle because she has to hop on a conference call. Even if there’s a spark at first, the relationship is doomed long term.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the NBA’s version of the mismatched couple. Durant was recently described by Team USA Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski as so low maintenance, he’s “no maintenance.” Westbrook, on the other hand, has developed a rep as a needy, high maintenance star.
Today in The Herd, Colin said Durant’s publicized free agent departure to Golden State’s stable of relatively low maintenance superstars isn’t surprising, because Westbrook just wore him out.
“If I said to you, who’s high maintenance in the NBA? Dwight Howard, Melo, James Harden, Kobe, Westbrook, D-Rose. This is why they’re not playing together. Krzyzewski is telling you he [Durant] is no maintenance. Russell Westbrook is a lot of maintenance.”
The Warriors unselfish offensive philosophy of passing and ball movement is a better fit for Durant in theory. He’s now free from his role as chief cheerleader for Russell Westbrook’s nightly dribbling exhibitions. But, Colin warns that although the Warriors and Durant pairing make sense on paper, it isn’t without it’s potential headaches.
“This idea that Durant, and Curry, and Klay, and Draymond are just gonna get along from day one, it’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be a long six month season. There’s gonna be a lot of crisis. Steph Curry’s the unanimous MVP. He’s gonna give up all those shots? i think it’s too kumbaya for me. I don’t buy it.”
Ric Bucher, NBA Senior NBA Writer who covers the Warriors for Bleacher Report, joined the show and pushed back against the public perception that the Warriors are some low maintenance utopia.
“The idea that they are low maintenance or no maintenance, I would say is not accurate. There’s alot that goes on behind the scenes. I will tell you this. They are very good at covering it up.”
Even when people bolt a relationship for the greener grass on the other side of the fence, nothing’s perfect.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 27, 2016