Things have started to settle down a little, the world is no longer in shock after Kevin Durant decided to leave the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors. No one believed KD would leave what he had built over the years with the Thunder, he and Russell Westbrook were a nice 1-2 punch. The Thunder made a trade to acquire Victor Oladipo but it wasn’t enough to keep KD in town.
Cavs first year coach and champion Tyronn Lue has his own thought about KD’s move. The Cavs fought back from being down 3-1 to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Now with KD on the roster the Warriors will likely be favored to win the title next year over the Cavs, but Lue isn’t bothered. According to BleacherReport.com, Lue supports KD’s decision.
“People get mad about what he did, but to me, I’ve been a player and I’ve been a coach. When you’re free, that means you’re free. You can do what you want to do. He opted to go to Golden State. That’s his choice,” Lue said. “But they don’t say anything or get mad when guys get cut or they trade guys. Nothing is said about that. But as soon as a guy picks a team he wants to go to, it’s a big deal. I don’t understand it. I like KD. I support him in whatever he wants to do.”
I’m with Lue on this one. Players rarely get the option to pick what professional team they want to play for. They are drafted by whatever team wants them, then traded from teams that no longer want them without ever being able to decide where they want to play. When a player has the chance to decide where he want to play, he should do exactly like Kevin Durant and go to a team he thinks is best for him.