NBA All-Star Kevin Durant drew a lot of criticism when he chose to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency last spring. After losing to them in the Western Conference playoffs it seemed like his “if you can’t beat, join ’em” move was taking the easy way out to the NBA finals. Nevertheless, most anticipated his teaming with the 2015 NBA Champions Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson would equal domination. Not so fast.
Even with the retirement of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs have been quietly rebuilding for many years now and their own super team of Kahwi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker didn’t get the roll-over memo.
Despite encouraging words from his former nemesis Lil B, Durant’s 27 points would not be enough to get his team a W. The Spurs destroyed the Warriors 129-100 in their season opener last night and Twitter had a field day.
But Durant has one thing to sooth his conscience. He has something to bond with his new teammates over. They all lost in their debuts with the team.