In case you missed it, there is (gasp!) more drama surrounding mercurial NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
Coming directly from a piece in The Athletic, Durant has thrown the biggest of tantrums, er, ultimatums.
"In a face-to-face meeting with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai over the weekend, All-NBA star Kevin Durant reiterated his trade request and informed Tsai that he needs to choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash..."
Brooklyn Nets owner, Joe Tsai, expressed support for his team's front office and their culture and organization.
“We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets."
It's important to keep in mind that Durant encouraged (a kind word) the Nets to sign Kyrie Irving, sign DeAndre Jordan, fire their former coach and hire Steve Nash, and trade James Harden. The Nets placated Durant's requests and when these choices did not work out, he's now demanding a trade at the expense of the Nets. This guy is out of control.
MVP: Most Valuable Pariah
Another playoff exit. Another team. Another bridge burned and another organization that Durant has pissed off. Kevin Durant has put the Brooklyn Nets in a difficult position. They have started to entertain the idea of trades but for a player of Durant's caliber, they are going to have to get a large haul. Which NBA team is going to give away talented young players and draft picks for a player whom they know just upset and blew up the team they are getting him from? Durant upset the Golden State Warriors on his way out of town. Let us not forget the way Durant lost to the Golden State Warriors (after being up 3-1) as a member of the Thunder. What did he do? Did he march up to the Thunder front office and say, "we're almost there, just get us a little more help?"
No. As everyone remembers, Durant marched his way to the Warriors and signed a deal with them instead. Durant ring-chased his way onto a Warriors team that already had a former MVP. The Warriors, of course, won the next two NBA titles because of their roster. When he got injured and the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in 2019, Durant decided it was time to leave another team. He signed in Brooklyn, where the Nets have underachieved under his tissue-soft leadership. Durant has decided to give the Nets his ultimatum or leave. The stuff of NBA legends, I tell ya.
The sad part? The Nets won more playoff games in 2019 when they had Kenny Atkinson as their coach, and a roster with Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and D'Angelo Russell, than they ever have with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on their team. The Nets at the time also had a lot of cap space and all of their early picks. Durant came in and destroyed this team, and now he wants to level the ground on his way out.
Durant has always proven to be a world-class NBA talent. He's also proven (time and again) that when the going gets tough, the tough fill their diapers. Ring chasing onto a record-breaking 73-win team was the nail in the coffin of calling Durant an NBA all-time great. NBA statistics only carry so much weight when you need to join a team that previously only existed in an NBA2K video game. Now that Durant has exploded the Brooklyn Nets on his way, there's only one question.
Does any team want to deal with the immense unpredictability and baggage that comes with his talent?