Yes, the Golden State Warriors are better after adding Kevin Durant to their star-studded lineup but what may shock people is that they aren't that much better.
Obviously that team needs major help, so it goes out and signs a free agent who is a former league Most Valuable Player and four-time league scoring champion.
"I wanted to see those guys face to face", Durant said. "It was natural, it was authentic, it was real, and I just felt like I needed to be a part of it". That being said I do not thing that Durant is cheating to get a title, he is simply doing what it takes now days to really go after a championship.
"I'm excited, and I'm excited for KD", Green told USA media. The simplest one is that Durant is extremely good at basketball, and the Warriors didn't have to give up Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green to get him. Durant had commented earlier, "Steve Kerr is an excellent coach whose style shows everything being delivered very easily".
"Kevin is a terrific player and he's a good kid, but I'm just disappointed at the fact that he weakened another team and he's going to kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team". I think that's the best move so at least you have a guy who can play Center. He's not just a shooter, not just a defender. Kevin Durant. we love people who love to play basketball. "We think he suits us perfectly, and the combination of all these guys playing together should be a lot of fun to watch". But now that he's with a new team, it's time to be embraced by the new fans.
Durant cited his "evolution as a man" and "personal growth" as some of the reasons beyond basketball that led him to join forces with Curry and Golden State. West has that killer instinct in him that was former Golden State bigs Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli seemed to lack. But I never got the sense - and I can't imagine he fooled us for nine years - that he wanted to leave Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant understood the reaction his decision would elicit. While critics have blasted Durant for "shopping" for a championship ring, there may be more to the decision. "But it won't be the same as leading your team where you're the bus driver instead of the bus rider".