Kevin Durant’s much-discussed Resolution 2.zero is now simply months away as he continues to show he’s the league’s greatest and strongest participant. Because the begin of this season, the noise has indicated he will likely be selecting between the New York Knicks and staying with the Warriors. But, neither possibility comes near what he would acquire by selecting the Los Angeles Clippers.
If Durant goes to depart an excellent state of affairs within the Bay Space, it could solely stem from one cause: he needs his personal workforce. And the Clippers-Knicks debate is the place it ought to, and sure will, start.
Certain, taking part in in that iconic area in that metropolis can’t be substituted. However the Knicks are so removed from giving Durant a championship roster to work with (no, I don’t suppose oddly immature proprietor, Jim Dolan, will likely be an element). In fact, coming to New York with Kyrie Irving adjustments that some. But when the 2 have been to workforce up — and select to take action with the Knicks — they’re deciding on an possibility with no supporting forged.
Durant and Irving may workforce up in Los Angeles, with the Clippers, and inherit most, not all, of the present fifth seed within the West’s roster. The fifth seed within the West vs. the worst document within the NBA, hmm.
If the 2 superstars actually need to get collectively this summer season, they might problem, in reality, they might beat the Durant-less Warriors as members of the Clippers subsequent season.
On the opposite aspect of this, in contrast to in New York, Durant wouldn’t want somebody like Irving to return with him to make it work. Assuming his arrival would sway Kawhi Leonard away from going to the Clippers as a result of previous feedback. Given how the NBA would shortly change into rather more aggressive and open if Durant leaves the unbalanced state of affairs created in Golden State, simply Durant on this model of the Clippers is a critical menace to compete with everybody.
Once more, Durant is just not leaving Golden State to search for a championship. He has that in place now. The skinny-skinned star wants a vacation spot the place he can change the narrative that he clearly cares a lot about. The cruel, unfair, and sometimes silly New York media doesn’t appear to be it might swimsuit Durant. Whereas Los Angeles might have a few of that, the stress is all on the Lakers. That is very true now with LeBron James operating the franchise. Which is but one more reason why the Clippers take advantage of sense for Durant.
The early, inevitable struggles Durant would have with a brand new workforce will likely be ignored because the Los Angeles media — in addition to the mass media — will likely be specializing in the LeBron-led Lakers. Nonetheless, the constructive extends far past the shortage of stress. Until one thing no one sees coming happens, Durant’s Los Angeles workforce could be to considerably higher than that of LeBron’s. If Durant is trying to rival or surpass the legacy of LeBron, taking up the NBA — most don’t acknowledge he already has — in the identical metropolis LeBron is in certain appears just like the launching level.
Don’t neglect, stars have made it clear they don’t need to play with LeBron. Might Durant entice marquee free brokers to the Clippers for years to return? Maybe, Anthony Davis?
Staying with Warriors is the straightforward route. It’s a place the place Durant can have an irregular quantity of workforce success. But it surely’s additionally a spot he won’t ever obtain the credit score he deserves. Going to New York could be nice if it panned out, however it might be a significant threat and championship-level success appears years away. The Clippers provide him essentially the most practical potential if he’s trying to do the one factor he must be doing at this level in his profession: Including to his legacy.