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Rachel Nichols, Brian Windhorst and Amin Elhassan react to comments made by Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers about the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets, and discuss whether they could have done anything more to keep KD.
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J Dineen
J Dineen 21 day ago
Gs is still going to be good, but they're done winning championships.
DeVon Avant
DeVon Avant 24 days ago
I don’t know KD personally, but I get a sense that he is just genuinely about the love for the game of basketball. Who criticizes media more than any player in the league? KD does. All this entertaining players are forced to do, and money, and the “mountain top” of winning a ring is an illusion. I think he realizes this now.
icemann1419
icemann1419 27 days ago
Because he know he didn’t really “earn” it the way you’re supposed to so his 2 rings is irrelevant
frank beans
frank beans 27 days ago
For fucks sake he's a bitch he won't enjoy anything, anywhere! Mofo gots hundreds of millions and he'll still be sad in Brooklyn!
PalmdalesAdonis
PalmdalesAdonis 27 days ago
Because they beat Cavs 4-1 and then swept them the next year .. There was no challenge.
Boski Woski
Boski Woski 27 days ago
People gotta understand....Warriors had no intention on keeping KD for his market value. Why? It's gonna take away from ownership bottom line. They would've had to pay over $100 MILLION A YEAR Luxury taxes to have KD, KLAY, CURRY and rest roster. No owner is giving $100 mill from his own pocket. That's why we see good NBA teams get broken up all the time. MONEY comes first for owners. Think about a player u enjoy watching, all of sudden gets traded or released. Because the owners dont want to pay the back loaded part of their contract. Examples: CP3, Conley, Gasol, Westbrook, etc.
Noah Ark
Noah Ark 28 days ago
bec. you joined warriors😂
Raphael Martinez
Raphael Martinez 28 days ago
The reason why he didn't feel satisfied by winning & being the Finals MVP is because GSW is the so-called 'Steph Curry's Team'... What KD wants is that tagline to be changed to 'Steph & KD's team... Recognize what he did for the team, just like his former status on OKC!
massoux ttg
massoux ttg 28 days ago
WINNING WITHOUT RISK IS A TRIUMPH WITHOUT GLORY
Tater Puddin
Tater Puddin 28 days ago
Because he knew he had sold his soul for those rings. Along with everybody who wasn't a Warriors fan.
O.G. Francis
O.G. Francis 28 days ago
Joining the Golden State Warriors will forever be a crime
Monkeydude16
Monkeydude16 28 days ago
KD wants the feeling of leading his team to a ring like Kawhi for Toronto, LeBron for Cleveland, and Dirk for Dallas. Simple as that
D Johnson
D Johnson 28 days ago
Kd will never be happy
Gibran Leon
Gibran Leon 28 days ago
KD's rings in Golden State are as valuable as Lebron's in Miami. Steph and Wade got their insurance and made sure to make the most of it. They're the real bosses in this.
Bella
Bella 27 days ago
Facts. But no one in the media discredits Bron's rings the way they do KD.
Kevin Moses
Kevin Moses 28 days ago
That is very alarming, if that is the case. He could be at risk for suicide if that is the case, which I don't want to think about, but many savants have had similar mentalities and they ultimately took their lives. I hope that that is not the case for kd, I really do.
danilo domingo
danilo domingo 28 days ago
He didn't feel enjoying of winning a ring because he got stuck with bunch of higher ego in OKC, Durant, Russell, Harden and Anthony. He took a short cut joining the warriors, he knows they can win championship ring.
Yorke Head
Yorke Head 28 days ago
Why are they even discussing this? Rachel interviewed him, just ask her. She knows. After two titles and two Finals MVP's, KD realized that he was more than just a basketball player. Whoa. What tremendous insight Rach. So glad you interjected some nonsense (your own ego--i.e.--I interviewed him-I know why) into the conversation and bring it to a screeching halt.
MovieVidKing
MovieVidKing 28 days ago
Free agency is allowing the players to choose the team they prefer to play with as well as the players to combine their talent with in pursuit of a championship. So, its possible for underdog team's to have a chance in regular season to be contenders in the playoffs. Some players like the grind and major accomplishment of being able to be a factor to a team/ organization.
Taleea Lee
Taleea Lee 29 days ago
JESUS is the only one who can fulfill KD.
BESTpart Capture
BESTpart Capture 29 days ago
He just wanted VALIDATION and winning without getting that stole the happiness away. I hope he gets that in Brooklyn.
Flores Janna Catherine
Gsw should know first and foremost that kd is an ASSHOLE....
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse 29 days ago
Durant just has emotional issues.. the dude is overly wrapped up in his feelings.. dude, just play ball and enjoy your effin life.. you're great great grand children are set with your generational wealth.. stop trippin. Play ball till you can't and make that $. It's really that simple.. these shows wanna make a soap opera out of everything.
Kristian Alvarez
Kristian Alvarez 29 days ago
He was happy in okc but the guy listens too much to the media and took the easy way to a chip we know this already he’s trying to accomplish something he works and suffers for deep down inside him he knows he has and he has to face that
Gregory Morillo
Gregory Morillo 29 days ago
Only reason lebron left the heat to go back to cavs is because he wanted to deliver a chip to the cavs obviously if not I think he would of stayed and then joined lakers regardless
Mario Flores
Mario Flores 29 days ago
Had KD stayed in OKC, Horford would've signed with them over Boston. Then they'd have a lineup of Russ-Roberson-KD-Horford-Adams, with Dipo as the 6th man. Then if the PG and Melo deals still happen, it's Russ-PG-KD-Horford-Adams with Melo as the 6th man. He could've been the clear-cut leader of his own superteam in OKC for years to come
lito dat
lito dat 29 days ago
Gee I wonder why maybe cuz you didn’t win it with your real friends or people you’ve grown
Jiren
Jiren 29 days ago
It's like playing 2k with all lockdowns gets boring 😂
Jimmy Perez
Jimmy Perez 29 days ago
Ewing, Barkely, Malone, Stockton, Miller, and the stars who never won but didn't take the hoe way to win got more respect than KD
Jimmy Perez
Jimmy Perez 29 days ago
Cause he knew he was a Busta going to the Warriors.
Jay Rock Jinx
Jay Rock Jinx 29 days ago
Him winning those rings made him feel as satisfied as reading a book and then flipping to the last page and finding out how it ends.
Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith 29 days ago
These are his on personal words, they are not Kelvin Durant s word. Kevin Durant worked hard and is truly a beast on the court.
Robert Camp
Robert Camp Month ago
KD is a fraud period. I would take Dirk Nowitkis one ring over KDs two. I don't look at KD championships the way I view MJ, Magic, Isiah Thomas, and other great champions. KD took the easy path and there is no way around this issue. If Jordan would have joined Bird, we would be saying the same thing about him.
3X0SK3L3TON
3X0SK3L3TON Month ago
KD went there for free rings
KL Chambers
KL Chambers Month ago
If you don’t find joy in winning...especially a championship then something is wrong mentally. I think he needs a sports psychologist before more bad karma hits this man
KL Chambers
KL Chambers Month ago
If you don’t find joy in winning...especially a championship then something is wrong mentally. I think he needs a sports psychologist before more bad karma hits this man
John50 Beach
John50 Beach Month ago
I mean his 1st ring he seemed pretty happy. The 2nd one though, literally no-one on the team seemed to really care. And it was mostly Lebron's fault. The close out game 4, he didn't even try and Curry ended up hitting 37 and blowing them out. They won the championship while sitting on the bench. Hell even I wouldn't feel much accomplishment that way
Jordan 236
Jordan 236 Month ago
Come on. He joined a 73-9 win Superteam and cake walked to a ring. Of course he could dominate and win the Finals MVP when you have so many superstars to take the load off him. He doesn't feel the joy that Jordan, Kobe, Bron etc felt since he had it so much easier
Noushino Reigns
Noushino Reigns Month ago
Because it didnt count
Pulling the Strings
That's what happens when something doesn't feel earned.
poopz
poopz Month ago
idk if its true... but good.. because those 2 rings kd has are a fraud and he should feel ashamed
lite daya7
lite daya7 Month ago
I can play Spider-Man ten times over but if I beat one boss in bloodborne I go through the roof. KD shouldn’t care about this but he does
Inday Garutay
Inday Garutay Month ago
$200 million earnings net worth 2x champhion ... still not happy still not fulfilled smh smh ...
Jeremy Anderson
Jeremy Anderson Month ago
It wasn't his team thats why KD has some emotional issues.
Wil angeles
Wil angeles Month ago
Fck media.
JJ Osborne-Brewerton
What a stupid ass nigga. How could you enjoy things that you just get easily. Dumbass
Bacons Strip
Bacons Strip Month ago
KD didn’t feel joy because he’s the type of guy that has a burner account to defend himself against nobodies on twitter. He needs everyone to like and respect him. He’s the Michael Scott of the NBA.
Daddy Famlittle
Daddy Famlittle Month ago
Please "having to win a chip" and "needing a chip to validate your career" is ALL BS!! Organizations along with the NBA and media push that BS narrative!! Don't believe the hype......it's set up to make these players think that!!!
Bella
Bella 27 days ago
Facts. The media be gaslighting these dudes
jose yepez
jose yepez Month ago
ESPN sucks Brian winhorst has never played a game dude needs to diet he’s no woj
Hal Jason
Hal Jason Month ago
Amin Elhassan usually finds away to blame LBJ for anything wrong in today's headlines.
Octavio Araujo
Octavio Araujo Month ago
He'll never win a chip again. He fell in love with his own image, and copied LeBron. So under this strategy, this makes Robert Horry the 🐐 seven rings, more than MJ!
Hal Jason
Hal Jason Month ago
This is the deeper reality, on point.
AntBall40
AntBall40 Month ago
He’s a guy that wants that shine and the attention on him and he wasn’t going to take that from Steph and he probably still won’t, what is he going to look like in 2 years?
Jean Desir
Jean Desir Month ago
To be called a champion has nothing to do with jewelry nor money. A true champ needs adversities, challenges,toughness, so he can dig deep down within himself to find out wonderful attributes that he was not too sure he had. Those traits include: heart, determination, never quit attitutde, intelligence and balls. When KD took the easy road, he did himself a disservice by not finding out if he is a true champion. Those 2 worthless rings don't make him feel like a champ. Now he realize that.
Ran Bar-Levi
Ran Bar-Levi Month ago
Let's see him win on his own that might change his mind.
Dime Damali
Dime Damali Month ago
It's probably the way that he won. It was cheap
swimbikerunph
swimbikerunph Month ago
You can't fake the joy of a true accomplishment. It's like cheating. You might win, but you will always know.
Shane Meredith
Shane Meredith Month ago
Yeah, well, KD will retire with 2 rings, maybe he can sell them on Ebay.
Nick H
Nick H Month ago
KD off the court is making the NBA must see tv😂
Juan Cruz
Juan Cruz Month ago
These bitches media they just talked their ass off without knowing shit.
Brayden Wormer
Brayden Wormer Month ago
It went to his head. All the hate he got for being weak, it got to him. We all know his rings are meaningless. They were handed to him. I think he wants to go earn it.
Manuel Filimon
Manuel Filimon Month ago
How are you supposed to have fun when you took a shortcut to the promise land. You basically guaranteed yourself a championship. It was just a matter of time till the season and playoffs ended.
Nahin Khan
Nahin Khan Month ago
He did the right thing by joining the Nets. Nothing worth having comes easy, and if it is easy, it isn't worth having. KD learned that.
Dub2davis
Dub2davis Month ago
Humans are something else , y’all sitting here judging kd , but don’t realize y’all hating in the comments
Donald Thomas
Donald Thomas Month ago
The Warriors did everything right for KD. At the end of the day he a head case. He let the media tell him it didn’t count. But if you look at all the teams that won ships the last 40 years with the exception of a few they all had stacked teams full of all stars. Bottomline he let the social media and the media get to him.
KingTut
KingTut Month ago
The media cares about rings more than the players do. Most players are just glad to be out the hood, earn a tremendous living, and smash the baddest chicks. Rings are meh for most players.
Raymond Felix
Raymond Felix Month ago
if he stay in OKC.. and get ring that would be satisfying for KD.
Grinder !!
Grinder !! Month ago
We all knew this when Draymond said he was leaving when they got into it! So it’s not breaking news fat boi! Draymond dropped the news to us bruh
Sokly Vann
Sokly Vann Month ago
Insecure with himself = never happy with anything. Good thing he doesn't care about winning titles because it's not happening in NJ and he'll almost be forgetten when everyone is focused on both LA teams and what's happening in the west.
Jordan Posvar
Jordan Posvar Month ago
Because the pussy knew he didnt belong there haha
t. ismail bilolo
Alot of duo pairing in the nba....kyrie and kd, pg and kawhi, LBJ and Ad, russ and harden windhorst should demand a trade from Espn so he can pair up with jason.....whitlock and windhorst
Justin T.
Justin T. Month ago
It's not fun playing on recruit difficulty
Isaac Robinson
Isaac Robinson Month ago
Not saying they would've won a chip in OKC but I guarantee if he had won there it would've been a million times as satisfying
a b
a b Month ago
come on you stupid morons,the NBA is a completely staged act, look at the disclaimer on the back of every ticket, without it the negros badly acting or NBA would be prosecuted for racketeering, same for NHL, NFL and the cars rusting channel oops i mean major league baseball
Ruben Angelo
Ruben Angelo Month ago
Its been long enough for him to reflect on his decisions and realize he was extremely in his feelings and made an impulsive choice to snake Westbrook and now he cant sleep at night... thats why the rings mean nothing to him, he wants to take it back but cant so him going to BKN is his way of cleaning his slate and starting fresh.
Nicholas Niebank
Duuuuhhhh
Habib
Habib Month ago
he was not fulfilled by winning because the way he went about it, league mvp joining the 73 win warriors
Ruben Sanchez
Ruben Sanchez Month ago
Alligator tears
jhaz89
jhaz89 Month ago
Alright let's break this down.... Ultimately I think people are being too critical of Durant. I don't think it's unreasonable that constantly hearing in the media and from tens of thousands of people online how he took an easy path joining golden state. Also theres been the narrative out there that golden state is better without him, even from golden state fans -- even after going 2 for 2 on winning championships with him there. I can imagine one being somewhat irritated, bitter, or slighted by that. But it's easy for us to criticize and talk shit about him and say he's so sensitive, a pussy, or has mental issues. Difference is we're not constantly in the limelight receiving criticism and insults from all facets of the public. I bet most of you would start to feel kind of demeaned or stressed about everything that goes along with the situation he's in. The dude has played great while he's been there yet its all overshadowed by being "that guy that joined the 73-9 super team who took the easy way out because he wasn't good enough to win without them." Completely understandable he wants to try to see if he can achieve the feat of winning elsewhere and get out of this mental dilemma that no matter how great he plays its going to be seen as tainted. Also he's good friends with kyrie so it makes sense he's joining up with him. The fact that most people were thinking he wasn't going play in the finals at all and leave anyway, yet he played in game 5, shows he wasn't just being completely selfish and wanted to help the team win (and he did help them win game 5 at the expense of rupturing his Achilles). It shouldn't at all be a surprise he's leaving. Also *of course* people will find a way to criticize how he's leaving 'because he's so sensitive and mentally weak about being criticized by being with golden state." No matter what he does there will be mass criticism. Kind of a shitty situation to be in. I'm sure all of you would have no problem with it though because you're so mentally tough... Also I think with regards to him having responded to criticism, especially online, that's understandable. How many of you guys get in arguments and get defensive and insult other people in comment sections-- usually over minor things too. TONS of us are guilty of that. So how is it so shocking Durant has done the same thing? He even said he often tries to make people feel stupid that insult him online (exactly what tons of us do). Difference with him as opposed to us is he's got a basketball legacy that he has to live with and is/will be always under the microscope -- open to criticism, insults, comparisons, etc. We don't have to deal with that, yet we can get defensive over insults from random ass people online that in a day you won't even remember or care about whatever the back and forth insulting was because you don't know them and they don't know you. His criticism doesn't just disappear though. So maybe you should all sit and reflect on yourselves. I'm guilty of having had back and forth insulting through internet comments. I bet most of you are too. A lot of hypocrisy going on.
Lockon Stratos
Lockon Stratos Month ago
ESPN making up more stories
Francisco Alvarado
Durant is a fucking weirdo. That's the lesson from all this
Frank Medina
Frank Medina Month ago
Brian ate Kevin Durant.
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