Complicated decisions, complicated people - but some insights as well
Non sequitur because it won't change anything going forward unless it causes the FO to trade Dray, which is highly doubtful. That being said, I agree with a lot of commentators that the blame on the FO is just a continued trend of players failing to take responsibility for their actions. If Dray and KD couldn't hash out their own issues without the FO acting as a mediator or giving their blessing it's their own fault. They are grown humans and at the time had completely different positions. Revisionist history by millionaire millennials.
Any bets Embiid ends up on a negative contract by the time it’s over? I hope Simmons gets traded so we can see the truth.
Warriors schedule: https://twitter.com/anthonyvslater/status/1428797265557217286?s=21
My two cents on the controversial part of the convo:
The hypocrisy of these two is ridiculous. Trying to pretend that Kerr and Meyrs were the problem is immature at best. Notice how on the one hand KD says that management didn't do enough, and Dray agrees. But then Dray says management did too much and the only people who could fix things were Dray and KD, and KD agrees. Fellas, you can't have it both ways. They're just trying to absolve themselves of any responsibility by throwing other people under the bus.
As one YT commenter put it, paraphrased: "KD couldn't stand up for himself and expected everyone else to come to his rescue. That's all there is to it."
One thing we can all agree on, though, is that if KD or Klay hadn't gotten injured the Dubs would have threepeated.
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I really enjoyed this article, more so than any other on the topic. I’m with you Duby - being comfortable with ambiguity is the key to life!
OT: I can't believe TheRinger's expose got Mike Richards to step down as Jeopardy host! Way to go TheRinger!
And in another news.. (come on Warriors FO, go for him, to erase everything Dray said 😅 )
[Stein] I’m hearing that Marc Gasol is not a lock to return to the Lakers, even after Gasol said following Spain’s quarterfinal loss to the United States in the Olympics that he intends to play out the final year of the two-year deal he signed with Los Angeles. It’s not yet clear if that means Gasol is poised to be set free to play elsewhere in the NBA or if he would ultimately opt to finish his career in his home country like brother Pau.
Ivan B pointed out this excellent Kuminga article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/warriors/article/Aiming-to-outshine-even-the-Vegas-Strip-Jonathan-16395703.php
I won’t overblow the innocuous Dray/KD interview any more than it’s been overblown (GSoM, my word), except to note that when the topic came to marriage/kids and KD started to craft his delicate reply, the Sleepyette chimed in to say, “come on, Kevin, just say, ‘I’m gay!!!’”
That’s all I got for today. Training camp can’t come soon enough, lol…
Speaking of interviews, Kendra and Grant interviewed Kuminga and it was really good! I recommend watching rather than listening to the podcast because Kuminga’s facial expressions are a big part of his personality.
Thinking about Jordan’s quote about so many guys just playing for financial security, Kuminga seems far more motivated than that and just wants to be great. He’s also seems like a fun guy to talk to and despite English being his 4th language, he clearly has an engaging personality and good sense of humor.
Starts with Kendra and Monte briefly discussing Draymond/KD, then talking about Kuminga, Moose’s, GP2 and JJ. Kuminga interview is 29:00
I’m not too interested in the whole KD thing, but I loved the interview. In particular the part right before the argument, I think starting at 7:10 when KD talks about the first season with the warriors, and being locked in, knowing his role, working hard every day to go out and win. Really cool moment which reminded me how good that team was, and how hard they worked to get that good.
Anyone subscribe to espn+ and want to share a little more of what Mike Schmitz had to say about Kuminga?
With Summer League wrapped up, it's clear Kuminga was the right answer. ESPN's NBA draft expert Mike Schmitz couldn't help but praise Kuminga when breaking down how rookies performed this summer.
"While it has always been about consistency and sustainability with Kuminga, he's looking like a steal for the Golden State Warriors at No. 7," Schmitz wrote.
Durant is a sensitive man and his feelings where hurt.
I think KD being ambiguous about his intentions with the team made controversy inevitable. Had he have told the team to make the best of his last year with the warriors, then things probably would have been fine.
Ultimately, we all watched a breakup between KD and Dramond occur, so feelings were going to be hurt. Time does it's thing and like most people, it's in the past now.
I almost skipped this whole thread because I'm pretty much over this story and ready to move on to anointing JFK as the single greatest wing in NBA history (quick before he plays in a real game). However, I read the whole thread anyway and learned 2 things:
1) I am definitely over this story
2) there are a lot of thoughtful posters here and I actually read some interesting and thoughtful takes on the whole thing. I hope the ratio of thoughtful posters to ... the other kind stays this way (or even goes higher?) as it is currently a pleasure to read most of y'alls posts.