When Kevin Durant was in recovery after his third foot operation last spring. He marveled at Russell Westbrook putting up triple-doubles and bringing the team as much victories as he can. There were doubts and long-term concerns about his foot. And when he gets back will he be effective again? Will he demand the ball like he used to without taking away Westbrook’s offensive game? Kevin Durant answered all that and delivered OKC right back into the Western Conference finals. He was the perfect team player. Durant and Westbrook took OKC to greater heights and had accomplished a lot in the last 8 years including a trip to the NBA finals. Both 27 years old and reaching their prime but somehow, somewhere being a runner up doesn’t get you anywhere. Russell Westbrook was still non-committal to his up and coming unrestricted free agency in 2017, with doubts and uncertainty surrounding OKC’s future. Kevin Durant made a basketball decision. Instead of wasting his prime, he is now seeking championships and will join the Golden State Warriors.
Others were baffled while they scratched their heads on a surprising paradigm shift of superpowers. It was like flipping a page on Lebron James’ book when James was taking his talent to South Beach.
For years KD embraced the one team legacy that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had done on their respective careers. Winning a championship on the same team that drafted you is the ultimate goal. Let us remember when Lebron was making a media frenzy on a Television special about his “Decision” KD announced his extension with OKC through a simple Tweet. He embraces the team concept and doesn’t go around with much fanfare about it.
How quickly people forget about him, when he was injured and in brief hiatus. With all the countless hours spent in the gym trying to perfect his shooting, with all the sacrifices he made. From the night after night battle against the NBA’s best. All those things doesn’t really mattered or even remembered.
For once, Kevin Durant is trying to make one selfish decision.
This is for his legacy and it’s about time.