Colin Cowherd is known to make controversial takes, but the most recent one probably raised not a few eyebrows. He claimed Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden could get to the next level if they married someone.
The unmarried players
According to Cowherd, Kevin Durant had some questionable decisions in past years, which were preventable if he had a wife to get his thinking straight. He also mentioned Kyrie Irving and reasoned that things would have been different if these two NBA superstars had a woman to hold them accountable for their actions.
“Kevin Durant has had some weird decisions in recent years. You think if he was married, went to his wife, and said, ‘I’m gonna leave Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Steve Kerr, the best owner and GM in the league, and go play with Kyrie Irving’ … his wife would’ve said, ‘Get on the damn phone. Have lunch. Figure it out. You’re leaving by yourself.’ Kyrie Irving, ‘I’m not getting a vax.’ I believe if he was married, his wife would’ve said, ‘Get to a damn pharmacy. You’re part of a team. Get over yourself.’”
Colin Cowherd, The Herd
The sports media personality added James Harden to his take. But do these players need a woman to make better life decisions? Kevin Durant is 33, The Beard is 32, and Kyrie is 30 - all marrying ages for a basketball player, but having a woman doesn’t necessarily mean things would have been different. At the very least, they would have someone supporting or criticizing their decisions.
Relationships of NBA players
Why the former Brooklyn Nets trio are unmarried is none of everyone’s business. It’s their life, and as long as they are doing their jobs, it should be fine. But the thing is, KD, Harden, and Irving have been making the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent years. Compared to Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or even Dwyane Wade, these married NBA stars seemed to live a life with purpose and stability.
James is a one-woman man and married his childhood sweetheart Savannah. Wade and Bryant were involved in marital issues before but were able to patch things up with their wives.
Durant was once engaged with WNBA player Monica Wright, but they split in 2013. The Slim Reaper has since dated a lot of women, including Cassandra Anderson and Jasmine Shine. Meanwhile, Harden is notorious for partying and dating. The Beard had been involved with Ashanti, Karrueche Tran, Amber Rose, Kyra Chaos, Khloe Kardashian, and Sarah Bellew, among others. Irving has a child with his ex-girlfriend Andrea Wilson, and the Nets guard welcomed another daughter with current partner Marlene Wilkerson.
It’s an interesting take from Colin Cowherd. However, if having children to support didn’t lead to Kyrie Irving making better decisions, then having a wife and being married could probably do little to change anything.