"Is it just me?" Tue Jul-02-19 05:56 PM by COOLEHMAGAZINE
Warriors retiring Durant's number seems kinda goofy.
They aren't some brand new franchise with nothing to hang it's hat on, they been around, been had legends wear their jerseys.
But beyond even that, they had the best season of all time and won a title without him off the same core that was there when he came. He DEFINITELY helped turn a great team into a dynasty but he was in and out of that door pretty fast.
I'm glad both sides are parting with positive feelings and mutual appreciation. That is to be lauded. I just think it's kinda suspect, especially so fast. I don't want the Bulls retiring Rodman's number NOW, let alone the day after he left.
If it was Klay or Dray, I could see it. Founding members. If they leave you don't worry about where they are going or why they left, you just hoist the jersey. But Durant basically dropped a dope album on the label and kept it moving, so it seems a little fast to start building statues.
4. "Yeah, I was surprised" In response to Reply # 0
He was only on the team three years and while he was a really important part of why they had their run he wasn't one of the core. That's probably half of the reason he left.
But I get it. The ownership LOVED KD (even more than Steph for whatever reason) and probably felt getting KD was a turning point in the legitimacy of the franchise. They went from a great team to a historic team.
They probably want to honor these past five years in any way they can and hanging up Durant's jersey fits with that. It's true that he never became as well thought of as Steph, Klay, Dray, and Iggy, some of that is his doing. But the org is giving every sign that they really appreciated what KD gave (and gave up - achilles) to the team.
Also, the Dubs have no real history outside of their championship in the 70's, the RUN-TMC years, and the We Believe team. Best to over celebrate than the alternative.
6. "There were always going to retire his number no matter what" In response to Reply # 0
He was a huge reason for the dynasty and won two finals MVPs. They were going to recognize that.
During the season, KD went on some podcast (I believe it was Simmons), he said something to the effect of, "I want to stay forever and them to make statues of all of us." Afterwards, there was the sentiments around here that if he did leave, he probably wouldn't get a statue, but he'd get his number retired. Him and Myers an ownership got along well and parted on good terms. This was always in the cards.