Skip to main content

Stephen A. Smith tells Kevin Durant, "I'm sad for you bro."


To the naked eye, the Brooklyn Nets seem to be starting the season on the right track. The team is 11-5 after today's win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, now moving to six games above .500 despite the absence of superstar Kyrie Irving. However, if one were to dig deeper, the fact that the Brooklyn Nets have performed terribly against the better teams in the league comes to light. There is no better example of this than Brooklyn's blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors the other night, a night when Kevin Durant failed to make a shot in the second half, as the Warriors walked away with a 117-99 over this year's title favorites. 

The Nets have now lost five games by double digits, namely against the Bucks, Heat, Hornets, Bulls, and Warriors. Three of those teams did not make the playoffs last year but have gotten off to impressive starts this season. None of these teams possess the same level of talent as Brooklyn, and it's alarming to see that the Nets' most impressive win of the season was by five points against a short-handed Philadelphia 76ers team. 

While it is alarming for Nets fans, no one should feel sorry for them as this is the risk of putting together a big three of that magnitude, one player goes down, and it could mess the whole thing up. Of course, having James Harden and Kevin Durant should still put you amongst the league's best teams, but Stephen A. Smith of ESPN believes that despite the talented roster, Durant made the wrong choice by going to Brooklyn, as it was also reported by Sideline Sources:

"KD, you made the wrong decision bro, and here's why. You trusted Kyrie. Kyrie Irving betrayed you!"

Stephen A. Smith., ESPN

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The betrayal Stephen A is referring to concerns Kyrie Irving's vaccination status. Irving chose not to get the vaccine in protest of vaccine mandates in New York, citing his frustration with making vaccination a requirement for people who wish to partake in most public activities. The mandate covers the attendance of sports events, which means that without a vaccine, Kyrie Irving cannot play any NBA game in the state of New York. So far, there is no update to Irving's stance on the situation, which suggests that Brooklyn's decision not to allow him to participate in team activities will continue to take effect.

"They were chanting MVP in the Barclay's Center for Steph Curry! Not the guy averaging 28.9 points per game, Kevin Durant. You don't have a culture there!"

Stephen A. Smith., ESPN

Brooklyn is a relatively young franchise, so the fan culture there would naturally not be at the level of the New York Knicks, and that is understandable, but to say that it was the wrong move is missing the point. Irving and Durant wanted to build a culture in Brooklyn with their star power; they wanted to start something instead of being a part of it. Also, the Nets had a better team when they signed both stars, a collection of young pieces that allowed them to make a deal for James Harden, putting together the most dangerous big three that basketball has ever seen. 

"I'm sad for KD!"

Stephen A. Smith., ESPN

The Nets are yet to beat any good team in convincing fashion, but because of their fairly easy schedule in these first few weeks, those big tests will come later in the season. By then, James Harden would have come back to life, figuring out how to navigate the new rules that are seemingly disrupting his offensive rhythm. Kyrie Irving could elect to get vaccinated, thus allowing him to come back and solve even more issues the Nets face as a team. 

This early in the season, it's too early to sound the alarm and call KD's move to Brooklyn a mistake. All it takes is for two of their stars to get going, and all of a sudden, we will be back to talking about the Nets as championship contenders. Hindsight is 20-20, and in this case, the fact that KD still has Harden with him despite Irving's complex situation shows that going to Brooklyn was the right move and not the Knicks.

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins

“I did not shake Larry Bird’s hand for 13 years” — Dominique Wilkins reveals the truth about his rivalry with Larry Bird

Wilkins said that he and Larry never really had to talk or shake hands to let each other know that the respect was there.

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kobe Bryant and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker

How Kobe Bryant learned to speak french so he could trash talk Tony Parker

Tony Parker did his best not to react to Kobe Bryant's french but deep inside he couldn't stop laughing.

Elton John and Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand

“Well you rebound like Elton John” — Elton Brand explains why he only lasted 24 hours on Twitter

Elton Brand did not find social media useful. Instead, he saw it as a platform where random people can easily insult him.


“They should be honored because they got to play with me” — Greg Ostertag's epic tribute to Karl Malone and John Stockton

Ostertag explained why Stockton and Malone should be everyone's rolemodels if they want to be great in the NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett

"My wife is like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’" - Kevin Garnett admits he felt the itch to make an NBA return

Kevin Garnett admitted that at one point, he thought his body was urging him to make an epic NBA return.

New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum signs a two-year, $64 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans

With McCollum now secured for the future alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans are a team to keep an eye on.