I can literally picture Larry Brown in a white undershirt leaning out his front door telling a bunch of kids to get off his lawn. (And I’m using literally correctly.)
It also doesn’t surprise me in the least that the decidedly old-school Brown doesn’t like Kevin Durant‘s decision to join the Warriors. Here is what Brown said during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
“I’m not really excited about the fact that the best players are teaming up together,” said Brown. “I don’t think Michael (Jordan) would have done it or Larry Bird or Bill Russell or Magic. I don’t think those guys would have done it. I’m not real comfortable with the league going in that direction.”
I’m weary of this discussion.
Obviously, as a free agent who spent nine seasons in Oklahoma City, Durant had the right to choose his place of employment, and he chose the working environment he felt was best for him. If anyone should understand the desire to change jobs to find a better situation, you would think it would be Brown.
The Jordan comparison is silly — as is the one with Larry Bird or Magic Johnson or Bill Russell — because they were already on superteams loaded with the league’s top talent. The simple difference is those teams were put together by white guys in suits, and somehow it’s fair when they have the power. However, when players use their power to band together, it is seen as taking the easy way out and some kind of threat to the system.
Whatever. I’m more curious to see if the Durant, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors can live up to the hype. That’s far more interesting than this continued debate.