Durant, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:
“But to see them together, they all walked in and it looked like they were holding hands. It was just a family. I could tell they enjoyed being around each other . . . that was something I couldn’t ignore. It was just a great vibe throughout the whole day. I’m glad I’m here, man. Like I said, I’m excited, and I’m just ready to play ball.”
But what exactly did they say?
We told him he wouldn’t have to change anything and we wouldn’t have to change anything for him. He just fits right in.
Good luck with that.
LeBron James‘ super teams (with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland) have taught us how difficult this is. Predictions of immediate domination have repeatedly proven false.
There’s an adjustment period. Durant won’t just slide into Harrison Barnes‘ role and acclimate perfectly. Everyone will have to change.
The Warriors’ superior shooting ability gives them a better path to jelling than LeBron’s teams had. So does Steve Kerr’s establishes system. Golden State emphasizes ball movement culturally.
But Curry and Thompson still take quick shots. Draymond Green still dominates the ball like few bigs. Durant is used to isolating.
The Warriors, including Durant, will have to change to make this work.
I believe they can and will, and the upside is a historically dominant team. This is a challenge well worth undertaking.
But it is still a challenge.