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Why Are You STILL Mad at Kevin Durant?

Why Are You STILL Mad at Kevin Durant?

This is a question I have been asking myself since maybe halfway through the season. Why are you still so mad about the Warriors dominance? Why do I still see grown adults complaining about a move that they don’t respect? First of all, who are you for KD or Warriors fans to even care about your respect? As if KD were to say, you know what, these Internet strangers probably won’t respect it if I go to the Warriors and they will probably put imaginary asterisk in the event I win the title. We’re almost a year into KD signing with the Dubs and this still seems to be a complaint. It’s sad at this point.

            I’ve asked this question many times and I’ll ask it again. WHO was KD going to sign with if it wasn’t the Warriors? Ask yourself that honestly. You all expected him to stay in OKC and watch Westbrook shoot them out of games? He gave that franchise 9 years of his career. Was he really supposed to end his career in Oklahoma? Would YOU want to continue living in Oklahoma? And let’s not forget the “Mr. Unreliable” front-page news headlines that came about last year. KD was supposed to go back to that? True enough if OKC still had Durant they would certainly be title contenders but at what cost? As great a player as Westbrook is he doesn’t seem like a fun guy to be on the court with. He’s the guy at the park who jacks up a million shots missing most of them, hits the game winner and now you can’t get him to stop running his mouth. OKC doesn’t even run offensive sets. It’s nothing but ISO-ball. Seeing how ball-dominant Westbrook is, most of the ISO situations went through him first. Look at the Warriors as a team. Doesn’t it look like they are having fun on the court? Do you realize how many games the Warriors had 30+ assist? This is actually one of my favorite Dubs stats because I remember when we signed KD a lot of you who truly don’t know a damn thing about basketball told us there weren’t enough balls on the court to add him. I would mention you all individually but you know you were ignorant in your beliefs so I won’t beat a dead horse too much. It’s not just one man making all of the decisions and the rest of the team having to deal with it. Was KD supposed to go to San Antonio? I could see that being a good fit and making them title contenders but did they even have the money for it? And again, who wants to live in San Antonio over the Bay Area? I mean, really. You can call us what you want but living in the Bay Area sure as hell beats living in Texas or Oklahoma, that’s for sure. KD is also a big tech guy and Silicon Valley just so happens to be running this tech shit. You all don’t think that played a factor into his decision more so than “I’m going to team up with the Warriors so I can sneak in a ring?” Being in the NBA is a job at the end of the day. You would leave your job right now for a more fun opportunity and better living conditions. I’m sure of it. Guess it changes when you’re an athlete though.

            Next I have to touch on this “what Bron did in Miami isn’t the same” narrative. It’s the same, shut up. Bron may not have gone to the team that beat him the year before but he did go to where HE felt was a better chance at winning a ring. Sound familiar? A lot of you like to bring up the Miami Heat’s record the year before Bron got there. It’s a pretty good argument and I won’t sit and tell you otherwise. But the Heat was indeed a super team. The new Big 3 were pretty much all in their primes and going up against an Eastern Conference that was far worse then, than it is today.  I’ve often seen “73-9 means nothing without a ring.” I’ve seen the same people turn around and say, “KD is weak for going to a team that went 73-9.” Can’t have it both ways no matter how much you want it to fit your current argument. Either it means something or it doesn’t. The only difference in Bron’s move and KD’s move is that the Warriors got it together in the first year while the Heat had to figure things out for a season. That’s the reason you all are so upset by it. You wanted it to fail and it didn’t. There weren’t enough basketballs on the court yet everyone’s efficiency went up. You heard Klay say he wasn’t sacrificing shit and you just KNEW there would be issues on the court. The Dubs danced all over your favorite teams and you were sick of it. The fans have made your social media experience unbearable at times. I know this because I get on my own damn nerves with some of the Warriors antics. You hate the arrogance. So much so that any loss we actually had was breaking news. Some of your favorite teams lost more games in one season than the Warriors did in the last 3 (39 losses in 246 games). I get it, this didn’t end the way you wanted it to. Your fandom won’t allow you to see Bron bouncing from team to team adding and removing players as he sees fit. On paper and certainly on the court his “super teams” don’t look as good so in your head it isn’t the same. Bron even got a coach fired after the Dubs blasted them by 30 during the regular season last year. Cavs were a 1 seed in the East at the time. Many changes have been made to the Cavs over the years. Look at the 2015 Cavs roster from top to bottom and look at their roster now. See any differences? I’m sure you do because teams aim to get BETTER each year. Well, those of us teams that matter anyway. The main 3 Warriors players were drafted. I think people tend to forget that part when they refer to us as a super team. True enough adding Durant makes that case stronger but 6 different teams had a chance to pick Steph before the Warriors got him. 10 picks went by before the Dubs acquired Klay. THIRTY-FOUR picks went by before they drafted Draymond. I say all that to say, don’t blame the Warriors, blame your favorite NBA Franchise.

            And that’s what it has really come down to in my opinion. The Warriors dominance makes you realize how inferior your favorite NBA team is. At the beginning of the season, in October, you knew your favorite team didn’t stand a chance at winning a title. It makes you upset. Trust, Warriors were trash for decades so I know the feeling. Sitting wishing your front office would make a move that would actually benefit your favorite team. I understand your aggravation but you need to get over it. This reign won’t be stopping anytime soon and I’ve been telling you all that for a few years now. I haven’t been and will continue to not be humble about it. No room for being humble in sports. For what, to appease you fans who get in your feelings over it? I’m going to ride this wave of arrogance until the wheels fall off and I end up being an Uncle Rico living in the past glory days; similar to current Lakers fans. 

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