Kevin Durant is great, but nobody considers him the GOAT.
According to Knicks legend Clyde Frazier, that might all change if Durant wins a Chip for the Knicks. After saying he meant no disrespect with his comments about Durant’s move destroyed his legacy, he stated that the superstar would reach new heights if he lifted the Larry O’Brien in Madison Square Garden before his career is over.
“I was flabbergasted,” Frazier told the Daily News. “I was like, what? So people were calling me. My friends were calling me. And I didn’t know the magnitude. All these different programs were talking about it. I was like, ‘Wow.’”
Now, Frazier wants Durant to understand “I meant no disrespect” by stating in the summer that the Warriors star hurt his legacy by joining a ready-made roster. The point was valid — that Durant’s titles would’ve meant more if won with the Thunder — but criticisms of current stars from former ones are often dismissed as bitter or out of touch.
So what would put Durant over the top? Frazier said winning a title with the Knicks — a feat not accomplished since he averaged 46 minutes per game in the 1973 Finals — would station Durant in the highest category.
“I think that’s what he needs. Especially if the Warriors win this year, I think he’d be looking for a different challenge,” Frazier told the News. “I don’t know a better place than New York where he can do it. Where else could he go to get what he’s looking for, to be the best in the game? If he could bring a title to New York, that’s going to catapult him with Jordan and LeBron, I would think.”
Clyde’s notion of Durant wanting to be the bets isn’t anything new. For years, we’ve heard that Kevin is tired of constantly being behind LeBron’s shadow. No doubt, being placed in the GOAT conversation would certainly solve that issue for him.
Would winning one more in New York really lift his legacy that much though? It would be a similar situation to the Cavs, who won a title with LeBron for the first time in 50 years. Only, for Durant, it’d be in New York City and the challenge would be (arguably) greater for him.
Whatever the case, it’ll be interesting to see how any of this affects Kevin Durant’s decision this summer. He’s playing it safe and is refusing to talk about any of this. But, with all the stuff that’s been floating around, some of it has got to have some truth to it.