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Kevin Durant shocks the NBA with move to powerful Golden State

Posted by Betonline team on 7/6/2016 4:39:28 AM
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The Internet is on fire after former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shunned his old team and signed a two-year, $54 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, making one of the most powerful NBA teams that much stronger.

There are four possible All-Stars in the starting lineup with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and now Durant. All are 28 years or younger. Then toss in 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and this team appears impossible to stop.

This lineup is likely more dangerous than the Big Three lineup of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that won two titles with the Miami Heat, or Cleveland’s current Big three of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and James.

Many do not like that a superstar decided to join another group of superstars. Fans in Oklahoma City are not thrilled. Some gathered outside Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma to display their displeasure. One man wore a Durant jersey with the word “Traitor” on the back.

One unidentified woman defended Durant saying: “Nobody knew anything about Oklahoma until he got here. He put you on the map.” There was a loud and swift reaction from around the NBA on Twitter.

“I’m viewing it as the weakest move I’ve ever seen from a superstar, plain and simple,” wrote ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith. “That’s just how I look at it.”

“I am pretty devastated,” said actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth who is from Oklahoma. “I’m very loyal in all I do. So I guess I struggle with his decision.”

However, the anger didn’t nearly match that of the James departure from Cleveland where fans burned jerseys and vowed to never support him again after going to Miami. Of course, those same fans are cheering James after his triumphant return that has resulted in two NBA Finals appearances and Cleveland’s first NBA title this spring.

Durant hosted interested teams in The Hamptons and many sent players to meet with him. The Warriors sent Curry, Green and Thompson. The Los Angeles Clippers sent DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, while the Boston Celtics contingent included Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk. The Thunder did not send any players to meet with Durant.

Thunder GM Sam Presti said key players met with Durant earlier.

“I think it is important those guys time away from meeting settings so that they can talk openly and candidly,” Presti said. “I talk all the time about those guys being the founding fathers and they need to have those conversations that are authentic. I feel really good that, given the outcome, they had time together one more time as teammates.”

Small ball is now the in thing and the Warriors will try to win their second NBA title in three years with the ultimate matchup problem. How do you defend the Warriors?

Durant is a 6-foot-11 stretch four that can shoot the three-point basket, run the floor with the best of them and will probably post up at times for a team that lacks true post up ability. However, Durant isn’t likely to average anywhere close to 30 points a game because of the diversity of the Warriors’ attack and their ability to feature hot shooters from night to night.

Now NBA teams must rethink again how to slow the Warriors.


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