Imagine your boss walks up to you and says, “Bob, I’m giving you the choice of moving to any department you’d like and you can work with three colleagues of your choosing.”
Not like it would ever happen, but you’d take that deal, right? A new gig in creative services with close friends beats working in accounts payable alongside four randoms instead. Maybe your salary is a bit different, but it’s not enough to make you not wanna do it. You’d be a lot happier in your new situation and probably more motivated and successful.
That’s how I always justified Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors. If the opportunity to join a better team and win a title presented itself, I’d certainly take it. And it wasn’t like KD rode the coattails of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to a ring; he was the finals MVP and the main reason why Golden State reclaimed the title after getting beat by the Cavs in 2016. People still think he took the “easy way out,” which seems stupid to me when you think about his 35.2 PPG in the 2017 finals.
Justifiable or not, Durant’s move did nothing to help parity in an already top-heavy league. So when DeMarcus Cousins decided to sign for the Warriors on Monday, we all found ourselves rolling our eyes again, thinking the Dubs will cruise to another easy title.
Think about this starting lineup:
- Steph Curry
- Klay Thompson
- Kevin Durant
- Draymond Green
- DeMarcus Cousins
I don’t see anybody beating that team in a 7 game series, definitely not the grouping of LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, and Rajon Rondo. I have no idea what the Lakers are doing, but that feels like another column for another time.