Welp. Here we go once more.
Let’s get able to run it again yet another time in Brooklyn. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are retaining their asses parked the place they had been final 12 months: In the secure confines of Barclays Center. Yes, they’re reunited, nevertheless it most likely doesn’t really feel pretty much as good because it ought to. And it shouldn’t as a result of this crew is nothing greater than fools’ gold. That’s all it’s been since they got here collectively.
Two weeks after the NBA Finals ended and Stephen Curry proved — once more — that he doesn’t want one other celebrity to win, Durant took over the offseason by making his commerce request on June 30. Since then, we’ve seen each mock commerce possible and heard each situation inserting Durant in Phoenix, Miami, Toronto, Boston, Memphis, and even a return to Golden State was “flirted” with.
Almost each speaking head on TV and radio had purchased into the concept of KD taking part in anyplace however Brooklyn subsequent season. It by no means felt possible as a consequence of what Brooklyn would demand in any Durant commerce situation. Then, days after Durant’s commerce request, the Rudy Gobert commerce shook up every part. Minnesota despatched 5 gamers plus 5 first-round picks to Utah for Gobert.
Once the Timberwolves gave up that haul for a participant who’s seen as nearly unplayable throughout clutch time within the postseason, it simply felt like it might take a miracle to maneuver KD, particularly with 4 freaking years remaining on his contract. That miracle by no means occurred, and right here we’re, proper again the place we began.
KD and the Nets. Back in full impact together with his BFF Kyrie, they usually’ve even received a 3rd in Ben Simmons if he ever performs. I can already hear 90 % of NBA analysts speaking about choosing the Nets to win the championship for a 3rd consecutive 12 months. Heading into the final two NBA campaigns, Brooklyn has been an amazing favourite of nationwide pundits to make and win the NBA Finals.
The saddest half is that they haven’t come near fulfilling this prophecy even with all of Durant’s intangibles and Irving’s capability. They added a 3rd star (briefly) in James Harden throughout the 2021 postseason, and the Nets couldn’t get previous Milwaukee within the second spherical. Injuries performed a component, however they nonetheless couldn’t get the job accomplished. In this 12 months’s playoffs, Brooklyn was swept by Boston regardless of having each Durant and Irving out there.
You’d should be insane to belief this crew at this level. Yet, most will and will come to remorse it by February when Kyrie is out for some loopy motive and Simmons is sidelined due to his again or no matter motive he concocts. Hey, I purchased into it identical to all people else to start with.
Brooklyn isn’t a championship crew. That’s been confirmed the previous two postseasons. The Nets are and have been what the Cavs and LeBron James had been throughout his last run in Cleveland. They’re “top-heavy as s***.Guess”
The previous NBA champions have been received by full and balanced groups. Of course, the Bucks and Warriors have their homegrown superstars in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry. But they’ve additionally been in a position to construct round them, forming groups that may showcase 10 gamers recurrently. Last 12 months the Nets had been fortunate if they may belief seven gamers with vital minutes.
So, I’m accomplished falling into the identical lure 12 months after 12 months. It doesn’t matter how good KD, Kyrie, and Ben are; this propaganda should cease. The second anybody makes an attempt to promote you on why the Nets will win an NBA title, simply cease ‘em and walk away. Don’t even interact them as a result of they’re clearly a lunatic.