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SportWhy the debate over the Kevin Durant-Warriors conundrum is a big waste of time

03:50  22 may  2019
03:50  22 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Golden State Warriors ' Kevin Durant (35) walks down the court in the fourth quarter during their NBA game against That ’s why the former Cavaliers general manager believes Kevin Durant might regret it if he leaves the Warriors Plus, money should be a big factor this time , Durant has said as much.

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Why the debate over the Kevin Durant-Warriors conundrum is a big waste of time© Getty OAKLAND, CA - MAY 8: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Houston Rockets during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) I keep hearing the same debate.

Is Kevin Durant truly one of the NBA’s greatest players if the Golden State Warriors are winning without him?

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So, why has Durant been listed at 6-foot-9 for so long? Now, this is a silly little thing that Durant just decided to have some fun with. But I will point out that Durant never felt comfortable in being honest about his height, never wanted to With the Warriors , Durant is finally standing as tall as he really is.

Some are saying yes and some no.

But the question isn’t so simple.

There is no doubt in my mind that Durant is one of the top three or five players in the game. He can do it all, especially now that he’s become a defensive force with the Warriors.

Yet, Golden State — mainly Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — has seemed to look better lately without Durant.

Personally, I think there’s a reason for that.

Kevin Durant can get baskets just about any time, without picks or set plays. As a group, however, the Warriors are built opposite. They thrive on ball movement, cuts and picks to set up shooters.

Can the two co-exist? A pair of NBA titles in which Durant was Finals MVP will tell you yes.

The Warriors flow better without Durant when shots are going down. However, he fills a void as a guy who can get you points when shots aren’t falling.

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Kevin Durant NBAE/Getty Images. Draymond Green has served his one-game suspension and the Warriors still beat the Hawks in Atlanta, even The organization took the situation seriously enough that it opted to not just fine Green — which it did when he confronted head coach Steve Kerr during a

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Do the Warriors need Durant? No. Is he a nice luxury? Yes.

Does Durant need the Warriors? No. Does playing for them make his life easier? Of course.

In essence, Durant is not a system guy, he’s kind of like a nuclear weapon for a team like Golden State. When all else fails, you can bust out the big gun.

So, in conclusion, I wouldn’t say the Warriors are better without Durant. They are smoother without him.

I think the problem more so is that Golden State is so far ahead of everyone else, that it doesn’t really matter. They won without him (let alone DeMarcus Cousins).

But, as has been documented, Durant seems to have a chip on his shoulder. He’s once again allowing others’ critical tweets to garner his attention.

It’s pretty clear he wants to be “the man” and, no matter how many Finals MVPs he wins with Golden State, it’s not happening there. It’s Stephen Curry’s team and will be until he decides otherwise.

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You read that correctly. Kevin Durant , uniformly regarded as an out-of-this-world NBA player, has been killing his With the mere passage of time , thanks to an armada of draft picks, cap space, and high-potential This could explain why the Thunder are not just (far) worse on defense when Durant plays.

That’s a big part of the reason I think Durant will leave in the offseason. As ironic as it seems, the team he left — the Oklahoma City Thunder — for the Warriors is the type of isolation-heavy squad in which he fits best.

While you can forget a return there, as Paul George has taken over that role for a team that can’t seem to get out of the first round, it’s likely Durant will go elsewhere. It will likely be somewhere in which he can call the shots and essentially do whatever he wants.

According to rumors, Durant isn’t exactly fond of playing for Kerr, who obviously wants his team to play a certain way. Durant had his way with player-friendly (or perhaps even push-over) coaches in Scott Brooks and Billy Donovan and it’s safe to assume he’s wants that again.

He wants to win while being the undisputed “man.” I can’t blame him for that. I just don’t know if it will happen despite the fact he came dangerously close to do that with OKC.

So, once again, is Golden State better without Durant?

It looks like next year we’ll find out.

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On Friday, Kevin Durant spoke with the media for the first time since he suffered a calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, and he shared some of his thoughts on the talk of the Golden State Warriors being better off without him. The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers and have not lost a game since Durant went down, but he told reporters the assertion that the team is better when he sits is simply “not true.” Kevin

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