The debate rages to this day about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City (and Russell Westbrook) to jump on the title express in the Bay Area.
Is that what a true champion does — join the reigning champs?
Isn’t there more honor getting to the Finals the hard way with OKC?
Quick example from those who Du-Rant: What if Michael Jordan, tired of getting banged around in the paint by the "Bad Boys" Pistons, signed with Detroit instead of, well, you know the rest.
Debate all you want, but Durant has won two titles and delivered two Finals MVPs.
In the 2017 Finals, he averaged 35 points, 8-plus rebounds and 5 assists.
In the 2018 sweep of Cleveland, Durant dropped a 29/11/7 line for the series, including 43 points in Game 3. He scored a whole lot of clutch points during stretches when Steph Curry was not 100 percent.
Rant if you must, but Durant is the tipping point for the most super of NBA super teams.
Yes, we will entertain another round to discuss the 1960s Celtics, 1980s Lakers, 1990s Bulls, and maybe even the Oughts’ Shaq-Kobe Lakers.
But here’s the thing: The Warriors match up now with titles, regular-season wins records and more, yet they have seasons remaining to build the resume. All while LeBron James and cast of future Hall of Famers are forming their own superhero alliances.
And you have to admire Durant’s follow-up with his self-proclaimed interest in Silicon Valley after he signed with the Warriors. His company has invested in Postmates, Lime (formerly LimeBike), the pizza chain Pieology, drink WTRMLN WTR, cloud startup Rubrik, spare-change app Acorns, and more.