Nets: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were made for each other – ClutchPoints

Nets: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were made for each other - ClutchPoints
Could Kevin Durant return from torn Achilles, play for Nets this season? Maybe…
In a summer where seemingly everyone has had the chance to share their “Why did Kevin Durant leave the Golden State Warriors” take, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson finally got his chance on Friday and caught the attention of one Kevin Wayne Durant.

During an appearance on ESPN First Take, Johnson said he hopes Durant “finds happiness” with the Brooklyn Nets, and questioned why Durant was unable to find happiness in Golden State.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

“KD, I hope that he finds happiness, if you cant find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at?” he said.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers DAngelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Johnson then talked about the sacrifices Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made to play alongside Kevin Durant, and circled back to questioning if Durant is capable of finding happiness.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

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“I just want him to find happiness because when I look at Michael Jordan, when I look at Kobe Bryant, this brother, Kevin Durant, is one of the greatest scorers weve seen in NBA history, so I just want him to be happy,” he said. “I just dont know where hes going to find it at if he cant find it at Golden State.”

The NBA has implemented sweeping changes to more aggressively enforce anti-tampering rules following the most active summer of player movement ever. One of the simplest and most effective possibilities to begin improving the problem, though, was never left on the cutting room floor. Fortunately, it appears the league is considering altering the schedule of free agency in the future.

Durant heard Johnsons critique and wrote, “Horrible take. Just regurgitated bulls—” in a now-deleted tweet.

The league is primed for one of its most exciting and unpredictable seasons in recent memory after a plethora of stars changed teams during the summer. Despite that reality, not all teams are happy with how free agency played out, in part because many signings and trades seemed to have been orchestrated before the period officially began.

“As time went on, I started to realize Im just different from the rest of the guys. Its not a bad thing,” he said. “Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So its like nobody could have a full acceptance of me there.”

Reports of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signing with the Brooklyn Nets, for instance, emerged hours before free agency was set to tipoff. Brooklyn’s coup confirmed weeks of rumors regarding the partnership of Durant and Irving, two of the league’s top available free agents.

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Every case is different, but many players return from a torn Achilles in about nine to 10 months. Kobe Bryant pushed and did it in eight. Other players will take a full year.

If Kevin Durant returned in nine months it would be March, enough time to get in game shape and be ready for the Nets playoff run.

Theres a growing sense from teams we could see just that scenario, and Spencer Dinwiddie talked about it with Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

Though Nets GM Sean Marks refused to rule Durant out for the season, the feeling within the league is trending toward him potentially playing this season.

Although we’ll look back on LeBron as the decade’s best player, Curry’s rise best symbolizes where the NBA appears headed as skill and speed gain favor over size and strength. While those trends had begun with rules changes in the previous decade, it took a player as singularly capable of exploiting them as Curry to open the league’s eyes to what now seems possible.

I know KD is taking the rehab process ultra-serious. He wants to come back as soon as its appropriate, and healthy and the right decision for him, and then also subsequently that would also be the right decision for, said Dinwiddie, who points out that even a slightly-diminished Durant could still be a superstar.

Well, like many would’ve guessed it’s his accurate shooting combined with his ultra-quick release. If you don’t jump, Curry’s going to splash it, and if you do, he’ll blow right past you. That’s what allowed the 31-year-old to average over 25 points per game for four straight seasons, topping out at 30.1 per game.

The beautiful part about this is, the man is 7-foot and one of the best shooters of all time. At worst you get Dirk [Nowitzki], and Dirk was a monster. So were ready for him to come back whenever he wants to and whenever hes ready to do so, and we know that hes going to be a phenomenal major piece of our roster.

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Durant is an intense competitor who wants to get back on the court. He pushed to get back from a calf injury and play in the NBA Finals only to suffer the Achilles tear. Hes smart enough to be sure hes all the way back before he steps on the court, if that means he sits out a full season so be it. However, he absolutely could return this season.

If hes back, the Nets go from interesting team to potential threat to the Bucks and Sixers at the top of the conference. Durant was the best player in the world the past couple of years and he could return to that status quickly, and lift Brooklyn up with him.


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