Since Kevin Durant made the decision to join the Golden State Warriors over the offseason, many have weighed in with their opinion. There have been strong responses on both sides of the situation. In light of that, former NBA great Steve Nash gave his take on it all in an interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
“I think from the outside, people look at it and go, he went to the best team available.
“But that’s the same thing LeBron did as a free agent the last two times, he went to Miami and Cleveland to join two max players. When he was doing that, there didn’t happen to be team with three all-stars or maybe he would’ve gone to that one.
“Look, it would’ve been easier for him, no one would’ve been upset if he went back to OKC; but I think he has a chance here to grow as a man and put himself in a new environment where he’d be challenged in different ways.
“For me, I thought it’d be a great move for him basketball-wise. I thought that he would fit in great.
“And one thing I told him, if he doesn’t make a move like this, there’s nothing stopping a free agent next year from (joining the Warriors in this spot). (If he doesn’t sign with the Warriors), he loses an opportunity where he’s in complete control and has his own choice and he took advantage of it.
“What I really started to realize as I talked through the process with him, it seemed like he wanted to take the next step as a man.
“It was less about winning a championship than being challenged in new ways and gain as much as he could from that new experience.”
The comparison to LeBron James has several similarities given that two are top players in the NBA. These two were both saw their reputations take shots because of the move they believe were best for their careers. In James’ case, it was the right decision as he won his first two NBA titles and further cemented himself amongst the greatest to play the game. He just didn’t handle the move it in the right manner public.y that gave off the wrong impression.
As for Durant, the Warriors are in the midst of a strong start to the season currently holding a league-best 31-6 record He has also made a seamless transition into fitting into their established culture and taken over as the top scorer on the team. There will be bumps in the road ahead, but this was ultimately the right choice for Durant to make for his career.