Kyrie Irving wants NBA fans to get off of Kevin Durant’s back


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After winning back-to-back NBA Championships and Finals MVP awards with the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant is still subject to criticism by many NBA fans for the way he moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Warriors two years ago.

It’s odd really that some people still feel the need to criticise him for his move despite the fact he hasn’t just been along for the ride towards winning an NBA title with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green at Golden State.

One of those people that isn’t scrutinizing Durant for his decision to leave the Thunder two years ago is Kyrie Irving. He believes the Warriors star is doing a brilliant job and doesn’t deserve the criticism he’s receiving.

Let it go

Irving said during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast via The Ringer: “I think that he does an incredible job of kind of willing himself to those moments, of showcasing why he is that great. And it’s great to see as a fan of basketball.

“I love playing against him, but I also love watching him. He has a presence about him that is really unassuming, but he dominates games. Thirty-plus [points] is easy for him, but then you get 10 assists [from him] some games, eight assists, or 14 rebounds he had in the Finals, or Game 4 where he had the triple-double, and he’s just working on his craft.

“I think that in itself was like, “OK, I got the championship, now I just want to work on my craft.” And now, of course … everyone just starts attacking, like, “Oh, you’re not enough, you’re not this, you’re not that.” And it’s just, bro, give it a break. Like, seriously, give it a break. Let it go, man. Yes, he’s on an incredible team, but he’s also the best player on that team.”

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When Simmons asked Irving if he was okay with the way Durant moved from the Thunder to the Warriors almost two years ago, he said he was happy for him because he was making a decision for his life.

He said: “Yeah, I was happy for him. I was happy for him. At the end of the day, if you can control your experience, he wanted that.

“So I’m not the one to be opposing in any way of someone making a decision for their life. Which is kind of why I was an advocate of when I came out with my trade, like, “No, I’m just trying to be in my own truth, I’m trying to figure out my life.”

“No disrespect to anyone else, but this was the decision I had to make for me. And some people understand it, some people don’t, but at the end of the day it just really doesn’t matter.”

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