Kevin Durant has been endlessly criticized ever since he joined the Warriors in 2016, and that continued this week with harsh comments from Clyde Frazier.
We all know the story: Kevin Durant‘s Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 lead against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, and then KD decided to join Golden State in free agency after they lost to the Cavs in the NBA Finals.
Durant has taken the Warriors’ dynasty to a new level.
They’ve been pretty dominant during his two year tenure in Golden State, and they are heavy favorites to win their third title in a row this season.
The basketball world has been unrelenting in their criticism of KD’s decision in free agency, and Clyde Frazier decided to chime in with comments regarding Durant’s legacy:
"“Durant, as great a player he is, I would still hold back (giving him credit) because he joined a team that really didn’t need him,” Frazier said Tuesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio as recorded by the New York Daily News‘ Stefan Bondy. “He’s right there with LeBron, probably would’ve surpassed LeBron as the best player in the game soon, but for him doing that I still don’t give him the full credit that he probably would’ve deserved if he stayed in OKC and won a title with that team.”"
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Those comments are pretty hilarious when you consider LeBron joined a superteam of his own in Miami. The only difference between the Warriors and the Heat is that Golden State is much better than those teams featuring Wade, Bosh, and LeBron ever were.
Frazier is a Hall of Famer who won two titles with the Knicks during his NBA career, and he spent 10 seasons with the team that drafted him fifth overall in 1967. He is now New York’s color commentator.
The older generation of players, including Frazier, is often jealous of the athletes in today’s NBA for many reasons.
Today’s players are making millions more in their NBA contracts than the older generation, and that doesn’t even include their massive endorsement deals. Also, players have used their leverage to control their careers much more than the players who came before them.
Even players from the ’90’s and 2000’s continually speak about how today’s game is soft and the athletes aren’t as tough as they used to be.
Those factors, along with the Warriors’ being at the top of the league for so long, have led many to throw stones at them, and they often focus their attacks on Kevin Durant.
We know that KD has taken some of this criticism to heart and revolted against people who try to tear him down.
However, he shouldn’t be worrying about that now. His sole focus should be on winning titles and becoming one of the greatest players of all-time.
Those factors will determine his legacy much more than a decision he made after his contract was over and he had committed nine years of his career to the team that drafted him.