In case you hadn't noticed, Kevin Durant isn't concerned with how his decision to join the Warriors affected the overall state of parity in today's NBA. As Golden State was cruising to a perfect 12-0 postseason record, Durant's message to fans who were upset by the predictable nature of the playoffs was simply, "If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.”
A week later in an interview with USA Today, Durant tried to explain why the league's lack of parity isn't his fault, despite the fact that he's a top-five player who willingly chose to join a Golden State squad that had just set the all-time record for most wins in the regular season in 2016.
“Like I'm the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn't make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?” he said. “Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they're not that good (laughs)? I can't play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender. One more team. I couldn't have made the (entire) East better. I couldn't have made everybody (else) in the West better.”
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Durant is largely correct in his assertion, although mentioning teams that have been historically bad like the Nets and the Magic isn't the reason why. He could have also named the Timberwolves and the Suns, who are in the midst of playoff droughts of 13 and seven years, respectively. But that wouldn't have made for any stronger of a case.
The reason fans were upset by Durant's decision was because it removed the best chance of the Warriors not making it back to the Finals for a third consecutive season. Oklahoma City pushed Golden State to seven games in the playoffs in 2016, and the Thunder roster was the best-equipped from a matchup standpoint to dethrone the Warriors had Durant remained in place.
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By joining Golden State, it's very possible that Durant turned an already historically great team into one that is literally unstoppable. And for that, fans outside of the Bay Area have every right to be upset over what his decision did to essentially remove any real level of competition from the Western Conference playoffs this season.