Kevin Durant is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, often spoken of alongside legends such as Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant in debates concerning who the best offensive player of all-time really is. One thing is for sure – when it comes to responding and sometimes clapping back at fans on social media, KD is the undisputed GOAT. The NBA’s master of “Twitter Fingers” struck again when a post by @cuffsthelegend captioned, “Bucks & Suns are giving us the best NBA Finals we’ve seen since 2016… I just hope we get a Game 7.” The post was of a tweet enumerating the user’s take on the five best NBA Finals series in NBA history.
KD took the opportunity to chime in by commenting on the post with “Warriors Cavs 2017 >>>>>>”, which of course means that his first championship that came at the expense of the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers was greater than the series we are witnessing right now. In response, the fan called out that “unbalanced stacked decks are automatically disqualified,” obviously referring to Durant joining a 73-9 Golden State Warriors. Durant going to Golden State was a move that many consider the weakest move by a superstar in the history of the NBA, which we know is a sound bite that continues to bother Durant to this very day. To no surprise, KD tried to swing the debate in his favor by saying that his team and LeBron’s, were evenly matched.
“Perfectly even matchup fam… top to bottom”Kevin Durant, Instagram
Only Durant will know whether he truly believes the Warriors and Cavs were evenly matched teams in 2017, but this is just laughable to the rest of the world. It is relatively simple math; the Cavaliers had three all-stars on that team while the Warriors had four. A 73-9 team that came within a few plays of winning the championship swapped out Harrison Barnes for Kevin Durant, while Golden State’s fifth-best player was Andre Iguodala and Cleveland’s was J.R. Smith. To say this was an evenly matched series is borderline ridiculous, but it is also no surprise to hear such a claim coming from Kevin Durant.
Ever since losing to LeBron and the Miami Heat back in 2012, KD has been on a quest to prove to the world that he is the best player in the world, better than LeBron James. In Durant’s mind, he may have had surpassed LeBron by beating him in the Finals, but nobody but Kevin seems to see it that way. Durant and the Thunder had the Warriors down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals the previous year, Golden State came back and eliminated the Thunder – Durant joined them the following summer.
As soon as KD announced that he was signing with the Dubs, everybody knew they could not lose, even against a team led by LeBron James. Durant’s ploy is simple, reduce the narrative to him winning a matchup against LeBron in the finals to put him ahead of LeBron in the eyes of the basketball world.
Durant is a great player who claims to only care about winning basketball games and becoming the best player he can possibly be. However, why is it that he often finds himself not only trying to measure himself up to LeBron but making irrelevant assertions to make LeBron vs. KD a topic for debate? Why is it that he pushed to add Blake Griffin and James Harden to a team that already featured himself and Kyrie Irving in a league where the best teams have two elite-level players at most? If KD does not want people to doubt his accomplishments by stacking the deck, why does he keep stacking the deck? If he does not care about what other people think of him, why does he keep responding to fans on social media trying to defend himself in such weightless debates? If Kevin cares only about basketball, why doesn’t he focus on just basketball? Such is the enigma that is Kevin Durant, arguably the most difficult player to guard, is also the game’s most difficult to understand.
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