- Kevin Durant decides to leave OKC Thunder and join Golden State Warriors
- ESPN’s Stephen A. said this decision is the weakest move he’s seen from a superstar
- He also said the Golden State Warriors don’t need Durant in their team
Kevin Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors which left the NBA world and fans abuzz.
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, known for his controversial opinion, weighed in on Durant’s decision.
“Well, I’m viewing it as the weakest move I’ve ever seen from a superstar,” Smith said in ESPN’s Sports Center.
The sports analyst explained that there is nothing wrong with Durant’s desire to grow as a player but moving to a slightly better team than OKC will do nothing for his growth.
“Kevin Durant is one of the top three players in the world. And he ran away from the challenge that he faces in order to jump on the bandwagon of a team that’s a little bit better,” he added.
Smith also believes that it is a mistake for the Golden State Warriors to pursue Durant, having shoot-first type players Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson already in the team’s roster, as per an article published by 24/7 Sports.
“You don’t need him if you’re the Golden State Warriors. As much of a compliment as he would be, I think it would be weak for them to grab him and even weaker for him to go there. Because you don’t need him in order to win, particularly when you’re on the verge of becoming two-time defending champions,” he said.
He added: “Not only do they have talent, but their talent complements each other and on top if it all, they have youth on their side. Which means they’re only growing and until somebody knocks you off, you don’t mess with what they have. Even if it’s to acquire Kevin Durant, you leave it alone and you don’t mess with it.”