5 Reasons Kevin Durant’s Injury Is Worse Than You Think
October 14, 2014 - 4:51 pm
Damned If Russ Does
Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly a top 10 player in the NBA and a superstar in his own right. However, Kevin Durant is a once in a lifetime talent. We’ve never seen a 6-foot-10 man move, score or flat out play in the manner that he does. The only person who hasn’t a fuck to give about all that is Russell Westbrook. Deferring to Durant has been one of Russ’ biggest problems and if he leads OKC to wins without KD, that team is in trouble.
Damned If Russ Doesn’t
On the flip side, chemistry won’t be any better if the Thunder fail to win. On a scale of Drake to Kanye, Russell Westbrook has the biggest Yeezy-sized ego in the league. If he can’t deliver for the Thunder, after all the instances of poorly timed shots and refusing to give KD the ball at times, the media will rip him apart. And, in case you forgot, Westbrook has his own special way of handling the bad press.
The Wizards Are Watching
In the same way the league went nuts over LeBron James when he became a free agent in 2010, teams are gearing up to throw the house at Durant in 2016. No team is preparing quite like the Washington Wizards and there’s no doubt he’s thinking about heading back home. The Wizards have arguably the best guard combination in John Wall and Bradley Beall, recently hired and one of Durant’s old high school coaches and have room to spend big money for him when the time comes. All they need now is chemistry issues for the Thunder, which could very well happen when KD returns.
Russ Might Get A Taste Of What Being The Man Is Like
Let’s say Durant doesn’t head back home to D.C. after 2016. That doesn’t mean Westbrook won’t leave for another team in 2017 when his contract is up. If the Thunder do well this year without KD and Westbrook becomes an MVP candidate, which isn’t exactly a stretch, he’ll be justified in wanting to be the man. That won’t happen under a normal situation in OKC, but home could be where Westbrook’s heart is. He’s an L.A. native and with Kobe Bryant probably hanging up his Nikes by 2016, the Los Angeles Lakers would be his.
Perfect Storm For The Team To Blow Up
There’s a small window for teams to get the job done in the NBA. Some teams just stick around and make the playoffs every year, but that only equals championships for the San Antonio Spurs (and even for them, it’s not a guarantee). Blake Griffin and the Clippers are getting better, Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Aldridge might be the best one-two punch in the NBA and Steph Curry’s cooking with the shot for the Golden State Warriors. In short, the Western Conference won’t get any easier. If the Thunder doesn’t at least make it back to the NBA Finals again soon, this might be the beginning of the end for the Thunder as we know.