Thunderstruck; Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors shocks
the world, including Stephen A. Smith

It was 42 days ago Kevin Durant celebrated with Oklahoma
City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook after a dominating Game 4 win over the Golden
State Warriors during the Western Conference Finals, yet that image faded away
with a blink of an eye after blowing 3-1 series lead – contemplating his free agency
opportunities since then, Durant stunned the nation with his decision sign with
the team he fell one game short of returning to the NBA Finals: The Warriors. 

Kevin Durant’s stunning decision to leave Oklahoma City for
his Western Conference rival, Golden State, will certainly cap off as the headline for this NBA free agency frenzy.   

Not only is the image of KD to represent the royal blue of
the Warriors and California’s Golden yellow is the talk of free agency, but the
headline of sports this summer. This is one of the biggest, shocking trades
since “The Decision” back in 2010. 

The NBA community is making LeBron James/Cleveland
comparison with Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State, having
new perspectives of the former MVP some that are fair and of course, some that
are not. 

First Take’s Stephen A. Smith had one of the harshest viewpoints
of Durant’s new signing, the only bigger critic right now may just be the
Thunder Radio Network in Oklahoma City, for it didn’t take take very long for
Smith’s reaction to catch everyone’s attention with his surprisingly pessimistic

Speaking about the Durant headlines Monday on SportsCenter, Stephen
A. Smith took the NBA world by storm, by categorizing Durant’s decision as “incredibly

“I’m viewing it as the weakest move I’ve ever seen from a
superstar,” Smith said. 

His reaction is now one of the headlines that surround the
shock waves originating from KD’s announcement Monday morning, and is an
example of how powerful this move will impact NBA free agency. Golden State’s
new acquisition of NBA’s youngest scoring leader, throws off the balance and
changes the landscape of the league greatly. 

With another scoring champion on the Warrior roster, can we start
making assumption that this roster could resemble a “super team”? 

With a former and current MVP on their roster, along with
two more All-Stars, the Warriors do have
the makings of an all-time super team. NBA prospects are already giving them
the best odds to win the title next year – as they should. 

I mean, who is possibly going to challenge this team? 

There have been numerous questions the on the chemistry aspect
of the trade, wether Durant can mesh with the Splash Brothers or not, but amazingly
enough, he fits perfectly in Steven Ker’s system. 

The scary realization for opponents to witness will be the Barnes-Durant
transition, now all of the wide open jumpers will be taken from KD, instead of
Harrison Barnes.   

Durant, 28, just signed a two-year deal worth over a incredible
$54.3 million – with a team that has had back to back NBA Finals appearances, and
won its previous championship. This is a scary trade for opponents for many reasons,
mainly because the scoring champion is in the prime of his career, and he is going
to one of the best teams in the NBA. 

The burden of having to win a championship and living up to
all the hype, will be an interesting test to for KD, but playing for a new franchise
will help him alleviate this pressure. The new destination will give him an opportunity
to create a new identity, for the superstar had labeled his announcement in the
Players Tribute to be “My Next Chapter”.

Photo by Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA (Kevin Durant) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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