Stephen Curry has responded to Kevin Durant’s criticism of the Golden State Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors have managed to stay in the news all summer. Most recently, Kevin Durant has commented on the Warriors offensive scheme, criticizing its effectiveness. This has spurred conversation around the league with Stephen Curry chiming in as well.
First, let’s discuss what Durant said. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Durant claimed that Steve Kerr‘s offense is only capable of taking a team so far. At the end of the day, the Dubs needed KD to step up and score in isolation in order to win championships.
It isn’t difficult to see the flaws in this statement. For starters, the Warriors had already won a championship before Durant and fell one game short of winning back-to-back titles in 2016. During this season, the Dubs actually knocked off Durant in the Western Conference Finals. If isolation scoring is the key, why didn’t KD dethrone the Warriors in 2016?
Curry has decided to give his thoughts on Kerr’s offense. Speaking to Rachel Nichols, Curry told EPSN that “We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I’d rather have some championships, too.”
Whether or not this was a slight jab at Durant is up for debate, but, there is no question that Curry is speaking the truth here. Isolation ball may be effective but the Warriors team-oriented attack is proven to work. In contrast, Durant hasn’t won anything behind strictly isolation basketball.
Behind Kerr’s system, the Dubs have reached five consecutive NBA Finals and experienced a load of success. There is no way to diminish the effectiveness of their style of play. Durant is an otherworldly talent in isolation, but as Curry said, championships are the only thing that matter.