Kevin Durant responds to legacy slander after Warriors win NBA title: Despite the fact that he wasn’t in the Finals, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant finds himself in the spotlight after his old Warriors colleagues won their fourth NBA title on Thursday night, their first since he left after the 2019 season.
While Steph Curry was lauded for his incredible run en route to winning his first Finals MVP award, some speculated about how this would affect Durant’s reputation, fearing that Golden State winning after his departure would harm his legacy (while he has yet to reach the conference finals with Brooklyn).
On Friday, Durant reacted to a couple of fans on Twitter, acknowledging the Warriors’ championship while appearing unconcerned about any legacy talk.
While it’s natural to reflect on what may have been, all indications are that Durant is content with his decision to join the Nets and even signed a contract extension that will keep him in Brooklyn through the 2025-26 season.
But that isn’t going to halt the conversation. Curry has now eclipsed Durant on the all-time list, according to Bill Simmons of The Ringer, after the Warriors star won his first Finals MVP award, while Fox Sports pundit Nick Wright predicted before the Finals that a Warriors triumph would harm KD’s legacy.
“I don’t think it’s unfair to say that if this core, Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], and Draymond [Green], had won a title before him and are now back in the Finals in the same year Durant loses in Round 1 and the only team swept in these playoffs, one could say these playoffs went as badly as they could for Durant’s legacy.” “I believe that is correct,” Wright stated on May 27.
Draymond Green couldn’t help but ridicule Durant in Game 1 of the Finals, cryptically mimicking one of KD’s tweets.
While all of this is amusing, Durant is knit into the fabric of this era of Warriors basketball, and how the two teams perform independently will continue.