Smith goes on to say that he doesn’t fault Durant for leaving the Thunder, and that there’s nothing wrong with wanting to grow as a player. But he thinks there’s a key difference here between Durant’s leaving and any other player on any other team wanting to stretch his wings (or massive wingspan, as the case may be). And that’s that Durant came so close to making the NBA Finals with Oklahoma City, and decided to go join the team that beat him.
“I think it’s incredibly weak,” Smith says. “I don’t want to hear any comparison to that of LeBron.”
Why? Because Smith thinks that LeBron’s cast of supporting characters when he left Cleveland for Miami was far weaker than the great players — Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams — that Durant’s played alongside.
Smith ends his tirade with this:
“Kevin Durant is one of the top three players in the world. And he ran away from the challenge that he faces in order to jump on the bandwagon of a team that’s a little bit better.”
In other news, wasn’t it nice of America to give us a day off in honor of Kevin Durant’s decision?
Source: USA Today