Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!
The conclusion of the 2016 NBA Playoffs came with more questions than answers; as LeBron James cemented his legacy by winning his 3rd ring, the 1st for his hometown team, the rest of the elite players in the NBA went back to assessing how they could optimise their chance to challenge the King for a seat on that prestigious throne in the 2016/17 season. The free agency market has possibly reached its most competitive climate, with a number of highly regarded names available & the raised salary cap almost forcing teams to spend more of their revenue on the players that sweat to produce the entertainment that is now a highly profitable global product.
The biggest free-agent on the market, outside of LeBron himself, who is yet to pen a new deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and has already opted out of his contract, was the former Oklahoma City Thunder leading-man Kevin Durant. A once in a generation talent that has won every individual accolade there is to attain in the sport, yet the future Hall-Of-Famer is still without the ring/s that the modern sports media machine measures greatness by. When you look at the list of former Basketball greats that get compiled to provide filler content on most pundit shows, due to our need to rank people & compare their achievements, a legend like Charles Barkley gets constantly overlooked due to his lack of a title; one can understand why a 27 year old KD would look to put himself in a position to win as many rings as possible while he is still able to play at a high level & positively contribute to the success of a side. One must consider that there is no guarantees in sports & life, Kevin Durant feels that his best opportunity to win titles and grow as a man & basketball player is in the Bay Area; the Warriors aren’t a lock-in to dominate the league for the next 5/6 years, one can easily see a young team like the Minnesota Timberwolves, with their core of young superstars in the making or the Milwaukee Bucks, with their lanky combination of talented young prospects, making a push to become a dynasty in the coming years.
Kevin Durant has been heavily criticised for joining the team that knocked him out of the Playoffs last season, yet insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results; OKC have lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs & Golden State Warriors in 3 of the last 4 Western Conference finals, since their 2011-12 NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat. One couldn’t expect KD to possibly continue to believe that he would eventually get over the Western Conference hurdle with the tools he had at his disposal; when we consider the fact that Russell Westbrook will also be on the move in the near future, a rumoured return home to LA has been mooted with the Lakers & the Clippers both on high alert, the decision to leave Oklahoma for Golden State became a lot easier to make for KD. Many respected league insiders & media folks let emotions get in the way of their opinions regarding the free movement of one of the greatest players we have ever seen, it’s OK to feel some kind of way regarding an issue, but for one to publically shame the man and call him all kind of names for making a decision you don’t agree with is simply unprofessional & should not be tolerated regardless of the views such content generates today.
Full Name: Kevin Wayne Durant
DoB: September 29th, 1988 (27)
PoB: Suitland, Washington; D.C.
Height: 2. 06m
Position/s: Small Forward/ Power Forward
High School/s: Montrose Christian School, Rockville; Maryland | Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson; Virginia | National Christian Academy, Fort Washington; Maryland
College: University of Texas, Austin (2006-2007)
NBA Draft: 2007, 1st Round, 2nd Pick | Seattle SuperSonics (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Honours (Professional Career)
NBA MVP: 2014
NBA All-Star (7): 2010-2016
NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2012
NBA Rookie of the Year: 2008
NBA Rookie Challenge MVP: 2009
NBA Scoring Champion (4): 2010-2012, 2014
FIBA World Championship MVP: 2010
50-40-90 Club (6th Member/7): 2013
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year: 2010
2012 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
2010 FIBA World Championship: Gold Medal
Ball Don’t Lie
|Regular Season||Games Played||Minutes Per Game||Points Per Game||Assists Per Game||Rebounds Per Game
Off | Def
|Blocks Per Game||Steals Per Game|
|2007-08||80||34.6||20.3||2.4||0.9 | 3.5||0.9||1.0|
|2008-09||74||39.0||25.3||2.8||1.0 | 5.5||0.7||1.3|
|2009-10||82||39.5||30.1||2.8||1.3 | 6.3||1.0||1.4|
|2010-11||78||38.9||27.7||2.7||0.7 | 6.1||1.0||1.1|
|2011-12||66||38.6||28.0||3.5||0.6 | 7.4||1.2||1.3|
|2012-13||81||38.5||28.1||4.6||0.6 | 7.3||1.3||1.4|
|2013-14||81||38.5||32.0||5.5||0.7 | 6.7||0.7||1.3|
|2014-15||27||33.8||25.4||4.1||0.6 | 6.0||0.9||0.9|
|2015-16||72||35.8||28.2||5.0||0.6 | 7.6||1.2||1.0|
|Career||641||37.8||27.4||3.7||0.8 | 6.2||1.0||1.2|
|Post Season||Games Played||Minutes Per Game||Points Per Game||Assists Per Game||Rebounds Per Game
Off | Def
|Blocks Per Game||Steals Per Game|
|2012-13||11||44.1||30.8||6.3||0.6 | 8.4||1.1||1.3|
|2013-14||19||42.9||29.6||3.9||1.3 | 7.6||1.3||1.0|
|2015-16||18||40.3||28.4||3.3||0.7 | 6.4||1.0||1.0|
|Tally||48||42.4||29.6||4.5||0.9 | 7.5||1.1||1.1|
The Golden State Warriors have built a great ball club through drafting, trading & negotiating well, they even found a way to win a title and pioneer a new wave of “small-ball” basketball, which has seen a return of high scoring games and a renewed global interest in the sport. Their upper management has been focused on bringing the trendsetting nature of their business portfolio to the basketball arena; the Golden State Warriors aspire to be to basketball, what Silicon Valley is to technology, in an age dominated by Millennial’s. The onus is on the organisation to use the great platform laid to bring the success that many are foreseeing for the All-Star packed Golden State Warriors, they have started a trend that one can only see being followed next season, when more big names are free agents, and the salary cap increases even further. All in all, it means more entertaining basketball & greater global interest, which only means more money for the league and the club owners, so even the most pessimistic of conspiracy theorists will find a way to rejoice when KD gets his rings and all is said and done.