In the latest sports news, Shaquille O’Neal took Instagram and cast a shadow on Kevin Durant by sharing a photo of his story showing Durant’s unfortunate failures since KD left the Golden State Warriors playing with the Brooklyn Nets.
It was a tweet listing KD’s accomplishments since Stephen Curry left as the numbers 1-3 were listed, but with blank spaces next to them.
These three numbers are the seasons Durant has been in Brooklyn so far.
To be fair to Durant, he didn’t even have a chance to play for the Nets in his first season as he was rehabilitating a torn right Achilles injury he sustained in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Durant had no attire interest in this match as he struggled with a calf strain on the same leg which prevented him from attending the conference finals and the first four finals matches, apart from the last two Conference Semifinals matches.
The pressure emanating from the media and some members of the Warriors organization probably reached Durant, but the two-time MVP in the Finale also almost certainly played in hopes of winning a third consecutive ring. However, in retrospect, Durant would probably choose to wait this game out.
With that in mind, Warriors and Shaq fans need to take a break from criticism.
Durant’s influence in Brooklyn so far
Durant was available for play-offs in his next two seasons, but lost a significant chunk of his regular season time due to various injuries and spending time on health and safety protocols.
In his second season, he gave his all against the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs second round as he lifted the squad without Kyrie Irving and the disgraced James Harden to a win in Match 5 after a 49 point departure, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, giving Brooklyn a lead of 3 -2 in series.
Then in game 7 he had 48 points, nine rebounds and six assists. The highlight of the game was when a decisive shot in the game was scored to bring the game into extra time, but if he wore a smaller sneaker or kept his finger just behind the line, the Nets would win the game, or maybe even finish. winning the championship.
Durant eventually ran out of fuel in extra time, but doing what he did against the team that won the championship shows just how great he is.
In the third season in the first round against the Boston Celtics, he was a long way off, which is a huge reason why the Nets were swept. However, Durant barely caught a regular season break as Irving was not vaccinated against COVID-19, and Harden had packed his bags before the Nets and Philadelphia 76ers could agree to a replacement.
There is a lot of blame for the run of the season around the Nets organization, but KD shouldn’t have any blame. He was all that could be asked for as a leader and longtime MVP candidate.
He always came back to Irving quickly when it came to the media suggesting that he was held accountable in the public eye when it came to his decision to vaccinate.
Whether Durant agreed with Irving’s decision or not, he respected it no matter how much it hurt the team all season. He saw that their friendship was greater than basketball.
Moreover, when Nets fans and some members of the media suggested the Nets would fire Steve Nash as head coach, Durant empathized with Nash and realized his learning curve had faced many obstacles, with COVID, injuries, and external distractions. way.
When it comes to the legacy of players, a lot of people care about the rings and honors a player wins. They often fail to put things in context and twist them to fit their narrative.
It would certainly help KD’s legacy if he could get at least one more ring with the Net, but even if he doesn’t, it shouldn’t change the way people view him.