Kevin Durant has taken his fair share of criticism for signing with the Golden State Warriors this offseason. There are those who think he’s taken the easy way out in order to win a championship and then there are those who say that a move like this destroys the level of competition in the league.
The Warriors already got to the NBA Finals without Durant and now will have a much more loaded roster with him starting over a Harrison Barnes or Andre Iguodala. In a recent interview, Durant found an unlikely defender of his move farther west in LeBron James who said that the move actually makes the league more competitive.
So, I think it’s all great for our league. Our league is very competitive. It’s continued to grow, and [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver has done a great job of picking up where David Stern started, so it’s pretty cool …
Well, I think every decision is different. My decision to leave Cleveland to go to Miami and then go back is different from Kevin Durant leaving OKC [home of the Oklahoma City Thunder] and going to the Warriors. It’s different from Shaq leaving Orlando and going to the [Los Angeles] Lakers. It’s different from Michael retiring, coming back, retiring, coming back, and then going to the [Washington] Wizards. So I think every decision is different, and how much you have invested in that player, I guess, or how much you feel for that player is how you’re going to react. So everyone is different.
That’s completely wrong as Durant’s move absolutely tilts the power of the league even more in favor of the Warriors. It’s almost a two-team race for the Finals as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Warriors should be the favorites with a few teams maybe challenging them in the postseason like the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics (in the East).
While he may be right that each case of players signing with different teams is different, that doesn’t mean it’s what everyone would call “alright” as far as competition level goes. The more teams that have close records the better because then it becomes a bit of a crapshoot who wins the title and those years are usually the most fun to watch the playoffs.