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Stephen A. Smith Clarifies Comments About Kevin Durant After He Joined The Warriors

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When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, plenty of NBA fans got mad at the player, and with all due reason. KD just joined the team that had beaten his Thunder the prior season after having a campaign with 73 games won.

The general consensus was that KD picked the easiest choice of all, with analysts also claiming he made a questionable move. One of those was Stephen A. Smith, who had some harsh words for the 2014 NBA MVP, labeling the move as the ‘weakest ever from a superstar’ back in 2016.

“It’s not that he’s leaving Oklahoma City. If you’re not happy there and you want to move on, and you want to grow as a player, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Smith said. “He’s one of the top-three players in the world. He’s a quintessential superstar. He deserves all the credit in the world for the talent he possesses. But the flip side is this: They were up, 3-1, in the Western Conference final … and you depart for the team that beat you, when you’re on the cusp of getting to the Finals yourself or ultimately winning the championship?”

Now, three years later, Stephen A. had the chance to discuss these words with Durant himself during an episode of ESPN’s The Boardroom, where he cleared the air with the new Brooklyn Nets star.

“I meant what I said when I said that,” Smith said. “But, I have to change course, ‘cause when people were trying to interpret that, is me saying ‘he’s weak’. No, that’s not what I was saying. I was saying he is so great, ‘how dare you join an already juggernaut?’”

Weak or not, people still call Durant names, even after he left the Warriors and more seeing the way he’s managing himself now that he’s not playing in the Bay anymore. KD went to win two NBA titles with the Dubs, being given the MVP award of the Finals on each occasion, so this move must have been worthy for the All-Star.