June 6, 2016, 8:42 am
Welcome back to another edition of Last Week This Morning! Before we get started, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Raef LaFrentz. Ok, that’s it – moving on.
What’s Next For Kevin Durant?
The REAL answer to that proposed question above is ‘who knows?’ but what I actually did there was ask a rhetorical question, and then I used it as a headline for my weekly shindig over here so I could then speculate on all the Kevin Durant talk from this week.
In case you missed any of it, every team and their mother thinks that they have a shot at signing Kevin Durant this summer. Of course, everyone should try, and most, if not all, will fail, but it’ll give us something hoops related to talk about after the draft so I’m all for it. I want campaigns, I want meetings, I want private jets, I want to find sketchy snaps with fans putting KD on blast while he’s having dinner in every city, etc. Bring it. Consume my summer, Kevin Durant. I dare you.
A lot of people like to pretend that those antics that make NBA free agency so absurd are actually upsetting, and I just refuse to buy that. The Decision was awesome. Blake Griffin’s picture of keeping DeAndre Jordan locked in to his home so he couldn’t sign with Dallas was awesome. The banana boat photo-turned-super-team-speculation was awesome, the reports of the Lakers’ terrible meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge was awesome etc, etc.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is literally telling people he is going to do everything he can to sign Kevin Durant. THAT IS INSANITY. With that being said, this is Isaiah Thomas we’re talking about here. Everyone loves IT, and he still feels disrespected. He never settles, he might the biggest chip to smallest shoulder ratio guy I’ve every seen, so, you can doubt him – I won’t.
Of course, the level of entertainment I’m prepared to receive from Kevin Durant’s free agency is completely based on the fact that I have no vested interest in Kevin Durant. If this were a star player on a team I had rooting interest in, it would drive me crazy. That is my way of apologizing to Thunder fans that would much prefer a quiet negotiation and a quick resolution. I get it, I’m a hypocrite, I know this.
I’ve referenced the ‘NBA Circus’ before, and I think we can flesh out that idea a little bit.
I live in a relatively small town, we get the ‘local’ carnival to show up once every summer. It’s one of those rolling carnivals, so they’ll pop up in my town, the next town over a couple weeks later, and so on and so forth. I’m assuming they travel up and down New England, but I’ve never asked.
Carnival weekend is a disaster. Kids everywhere, trash everywhere, loud noises, strangers, people in general, you know – all of the little things that make life a tad more annoying.
The point is, when you’re forced to host the carnival, it’s the worst. When you get to enjoy the carnival in someone else’s town, it’s great! I only have to see it when I drive by, maybe I’ll even pop in for some fried garbage, ride the teacups, and leave. No harm, no foul, I can soak up as much carnival as I want, and then never hear from it again.
Oklahoma City couldn’t be further away (figuratively). I want the Kevin Durant drama dumpster fire to burn so bright I can see it from Massachusetts. I’ll gladly retweet the inevitable Crying Jordans and move on. I don’t have to live with it, and I don’t have to live in it.
I’m mostly joking. As someone with a ‘thing’ for that basketball team in Sacramento, I’m very familiar with NBA drama. When everyone is writing a story about Isaiah Thomas’ – Kevin Durant recruitment plan, it’s maddening because it’s not even a story until it is a story, and then people start talking about it, and then Kevin Durant get’s asked about it, and then it becomes a story. That is the NBA drama loop. It happens all the time, and when a situation is sensitive, and you can’t trust the motive behind who is reporting what, it can be very frustrating to watch a false narrative get spun right in front of your own eyes. It. Happens. All. The. Time.
That is my roundabout, parodical way of showing sympathy and support for the Thunder. You probably have nothing to worry about. By nearly any logic, Kevin Durant should and will stay in Oklahoma City, but for serious, keep an eye on that Pizza Guy in Boston. He’s relentless.