LeBron James isn't mad at the Warriors for signing Kevin Durant

09 Juin, 2017, 09:37 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

Last night, he provided the defining moment of the series when he dribbled the length of the court and calmly popped a 26-foot three-pointer right in LeBron's eye to give Golden State the lead and, most likely, the series.

This was a topic of discussion on Wednesday on Twitter despite the thrilling-but-inevitable win by Golden State over Cleveland in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Last season you could make an argument, but adding Kevin Durant pushes them over the top for me.

He'd do the same thing. The Cavaliers had it won, the series was on the brink of turning around, but miscues in the final minute and an unbelievable shot from Kevin Durant took the "W" straight out of the clutches of the city of Cleveland. "But is it fair?" "Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in". I mean, guys are loving the game, our fans love the game. "Is it fair? I don't care".

But the fact is that the Warriors benefited from a combination of factors - them drafting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and hiring Coach Steve Kerr and General Manager Bob Myers and the new television deal leading to a one year jump of roughly $24 million in the salary cap - that allowed them to sign Durant as a free agent while keeping their core intact.

What team could realistically knock off these Warriors, and how long will it take? It's sports. You have an opportunity to sign one of the players, and you can do it, go ahead and do it. "Why not? If I become an owner, I'm gonna try and sign everybody". Not after Kevin Durant signed on to make the Dubs a legitimate superteam capable of dismantling the best the National Basketball Association has to offer - a team that's gone 15-0 and barely broken a sweat doing so.

James made his first Finals appearance 10 years ago, when he and the Cavs were swept by San Antonio, which captured its third Larry O'Brien Trophy in a five-year span.

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"I don't think that our careers are the same as far as changing teams", James said.

Think about the names that went into those teams: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal.

The Warriors had the league's best record even while losing Durant late in the season to a knee injury, and really turned it on in the playoffs.

"I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset that they were going to have. I mean, who wouldn't want to sacrifice playing on a Golden State team or a San Antonio team or a Cleveland team when you know the ultimate result is you can actually compete for a championship?"

Even if one player has less than an excellent game or loses just the least bit of concentration, there are others more than capable of picking up the slack, which has to make them favourites to make history. "That's exactly what happened throughout the season", Durant said.


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