The sports world blew up, reattached itself, and blew up again when Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors last summer. Almost every NBA fan in the world thought KD was being a bonafide baby back bitch. I was one among the million Durant haters, but I’m not anymore. I’m here to show you why Kevin Durant really chose to play with the Warriors.
Everybody knows the Thunder blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals to the Warriors, so when Kevin Durant joined them, people gave him the “if you can’t beat em’ join em’ reference. That’s absolute bullshit. He joined the Warriors to beat them from the inside out.
First, he played most of the year to incorporate himself as an integral piece of Golden State’s core. He wanted them to be hopeless and lost without him. Then when the second half of the season came around, he conveniently got injured which sent the Warriors on a big skid. Then as soon as the 73-9 small ball lineup figured things out again to the tune of 13 straight wins, Kevin Durant makes his return. The Warriors’ win streak ends within two games. The chemistry is destroyed, the Warriors will have a quick exit, and his WCF loss will be avenged.
Kevin leaving to the Warriors was only part of his plan. People knew Durant and Westbrook didn’t play well together because Westbrook wanted the Thunder to be his team while he was the Star, but KD wanted to just flow as a team…as all equals. When KD left, he knew Westbrook would go off, even for the most triple doubles in NBA history, including a 57 point triple double performance as well. Kevin wanted to raise the stock in Westbrook to a point beyond belief.
Remember Russell Westbrook signed a two year contract extension to stay with the Thunder and this was not by accident. Westbrook is a loyal man, so it seems. Russ doesn’t want his reputation to be tarnished like KD’s was, if he wanted to leave for him hometown of LA in the 2017 free agency. So, the only way he would be able to leave is by trade.
Kevin Durant’s contract was also not an accident. You think a player that just left the only franchise he ever knew, which was a perennial playoff contender and had been to several WCF, would sign more than a 1 and 1 max deal with a player option. He obviously isn’t committed to the Warriors. Also, fuck you if you mention the major rise in salaries this summer due to the TV contracts because Durant wants rings not paper.
So after the 2016-2017 season, the Lakers will end up winning the second pick in the lottery. Undoubtedly, they will draft hometown hero Lonzo Ball. However, the Lakers eyes are on reighning MVP/Hometown Hero Russell Westbrook. The Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball granting Russ’ wishes to be at home, but without ruining his reputation. Then the Thunder now have no overpowered superstar, but a rookie whose best skill is making others better while sharing the rock. Sound familiar?
Kevin Durant signs back with the Thunder after opting out of his contract to join Lonzo in Oklahoma City. They play a pass, shoot, score happy attack and solid defense to become a more dominant than ever force in the West. Everyone gets what they want.