The NBA free agency period seen a lot of different things but, who came out on top and who really lost on all the player movement. Everyone will say that the the Golden State Warriors were the real winners and that is probably true, but other teams did well. The Knicks added some pieces that should help them in the future as well. The Bulls added Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo which should help make them a better team. Losing Noah and Rose did hurt the team, but it will be interesting to see how it all works out for both teams.
The San Antonio Spurs were somewhat losers as the retirement of Tim Duncan really hurts them alot. People do not realize how important Duncan was to the Spurs and their success. Tim Duncan is a once in a generation type player and is not replaceable. The Spurs did add Pau Gasol that will help them with the retirement of Tim Duncan. The Heat were losers as losing a player like Dwayne Wade is never a good thing.
One of the biggest winners could be the NBA as they will have so many people talking about the new Super Teams which will be a good thing. The added press will draw more fan interest and everyone will be watching. The NBA could not play out a better scenario them what happen during free agency.
Now Kevin Durant has the right to choose any team he wants to play for no matter what anyone thinks. With that said Kevin Durant must also be ready for the other side of the coin as well. He is a Golden State Warrior and has now turned that team into one of the most hated teams since the Big Three in Miami. How will Durant handle all the boos and negative comments that will come his way?
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The one thing most people say about Durant is he does not handle pressure real well. Jumping to Golden State means he will be under the microscope and everything he does will be written about. Most of his career Durant has been a guy who has been loved, but that will no longer be the case. How will OKC fans feel about him when he comes back to play? I hope he doesn't expect a warm reception as he will not get one.
This was Durant's choice and I hope he is ready backlash that will be coming his way. It will be interesting to see how he handles all of this. I think it could be more then he bargained for that's for sure. Only time will tell if this was a good decision on his part.
Kevin Durant gave his decision on where he will play and its not where most people thought it would be and that is a shame. Many people are supporting his decision to play with the Golden state Warriors, but I am not one of those people. Just like when Lebron James left Cleveland to win Championships in Miami he will find out it was a mistake. Lets look at why this decision was a bad one for Durant and how he fouled out on free agency.
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Many people are on the thought that going to another team already built wont hurt your legacy, but that's just not true. Did not winning a championship hurt Patrick Ewing or Charles Barkley's legacy? The answer is no because they chased the ring the right way. You earn a ton of more respect the right way then doing it the way Kevin Durant is doing it. Lebron James championship in Cleveland cemented his legacy as one of the greatest because he did it with hard work and dedication. He could have went a different route, but he will tell you his championship with Cleveland was the best of the three.
It's a shame Durant didn't stay in OKC, but the Thunder are not that far away from a championship. I would not sleep on Thunder and Russell Westbrook. Even without Durant he can carry that team. Durant left something special to take the easy way out. Without a doubt, KD took the easy way out and fouled out. He let many people down, but in the end no matter how many championships he wins it has tarnished his legacy forever as a guy who took the easy road.