Kevin Durant dropped a bombshell on the entire NBA community today after demanding a trade away from the Nets. The city of Brooklyn is in shambles after Kevin Durant’s trade request away from Brooklyn has made Colin Cowherd praise the veteran’s decision. The Brooklyn Nets had one of the most nightmarish seasons, with catastrophes on and off the court, as the Nets were swept off their feet by the Boston Celtics in the first round of playoffs, concluding their disappointing season and a disastrous postseason, far below preseason hopes and expectations.
The Brooklyn Nets were thrown out of the NBA Playoffs by the Championship contending Boston Celtics, as they clean swept the Nets 4-0 in the series. Life has not been easy for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving ever since, as they have been under constant scrutiny from the media and the fans. Durant tried to form his own super team in Brooklyn but the plan hit a snag this season. The 33-year-old remained a remarkable offensive force but James Harden demanded out, Ben Simmons never played and Kyrie Irving refused a COVID-19 shot.
“That’s the kind of team you need.”– Colin Cowherd backs Kevin Durant’s decision to move on from the Nets.
This offseason is proving to be a wild ride already, with Kyrie decided to opt into his $36.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season, thus delaying his free agency for another year. However, his teammate and supposedly good friend Kevin Durant is already looking for other options. Kyrie Irving has been the most trolled and criticized player throughout the season and Colin cowherd believes that having better teammates than Kyrie will ultimately help Kevin Durant.
“Hey, he rolled the dice, went to Brooklyn, didn’t like it, said it a million times. But there’s no reason to feel guilty about it. Move on. We all make mistakes. Kevin Durant with Phoenix, Kevin Durant with Miami, that’s what I’m talking about. He’s earned that. He deserves to be surrounded by committed people. Chris Paul is committed, Miami Heat team president Pat Riley is committed. Miami heat Erik Spoelstra is committed. (Heat standout) Jimmy Butler is committed. That’s the kind of team you need.” Colin said via Twitter.
After leaving Golden State for the Nets in 2019, Durant attempted to gather his own squad and try to lead a championship run of his own. Irving and Durant joined the Nets during the summer of 2019, it’s been an era of disappointment and untapped potential thus far. The Big 3 of the Nets, consisting of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden played just 16 games together, making it hard to cash in fully on their names. Durant missed a quarter of this season due to a knee injury, Irving missed nearly two-thirds due to his refusal to get vaccinated, and Harden demanded a trade, one that brought back Ben Simmons, who still hasn’t played a game
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have been at the fore of that disappointment and mockery, the star leaders of a club, that on paper could have reached The Finals. Last January, the Nets brought James Harden to the already existing duo of Kyrie Irving and KD. This year, they were forced to trade him, as they plummeted from the #2 seed to barely getting a play-in spot, and got swept in the first round. All this has led to people questioning the future for the Brooklyn duo, and its doesn’t seem so bright, as Kevin Durant is asking for a trade as soon as Kyrie choose the op-in option.
The whole scenario surrounding the team had been extremely upsetting considering the amount of the hype that was created on them making a title run once they had a full roster, but it was a complete hundred and eighty. The Nets are now at the risk of losing all of their ‘Big 3’ superstars, without even making the conference finals. Durant left Golden State to try something new, and it didn’t work and Colin appreciates Durant’s adventurous nature to venture out of Brooklyn to try and find a team that resonates his abilities.
It’s certainly a triple-double of problems, problems and more problems for the Nets as they face plenty of questions financially and technically. From figuring out a way for the team to get over the lows and win a championship, the team also has to take care of the business side and make sure they can continuously support the franchise financially to keep competing in the future. As for Kyrie and KD, the future looks uncertain, as we look forward to how the story develops.