Yesterday, free agent Kevin Durant announced that he was signing with the Golden State Warriors. Durant’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Warriors in Game 7 of this season’s Western Conference finals, a series in which the Thunder held a 3-1 lead. Along with the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors and Thunder have consistently been the number one contenders to represent the West in the NBA Finals. Durant’s signing with the Warriors drastically changes the landscape of the West and the NBA in more ways than on the court.
Critics and fans alike are displeased in the recent trend of superstar players joining each other in order to win championships. However, when mentioning legendary players such as Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Steve Nash and Patrick Ewing, just to name a few, we are constantly reminded of them not being able to win the “big one.” When players as legendary as the ones listed have their legacy overshadowed by not having “NBA Champion” following their name, can we really blame the new generation of NBA players for trying to avoid the same fate?