Baltimore (WJZ) — The sports world was shaken to its core when news broke of Kevin Durant officially leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder and taking his talents to the Golden State Warriors. A few prominent sports figures joined the Norris and Davis show to talk about the move.
Phil Chenier, former NBA player and current television sports broadcaster for the Washington Wizards, came on the show to give listeners a players perspective on Durant’s decision: “I was surprised he left OKC. I felt that if they’d gotten past the Warriors, they would have beat Cleveland in the Finals. I was anticipating him saying ‘Let’s do a one year deal, come back and see if we can it’ and go from there.”
Chenier also commented on the free agency culture change in the NBA: “The pendulum has kinda swung to the other side and the players have a lot of leverage. In fact, if you ask me they have far too much. You like the fact that players get to choose where they go but it just seems like it’s really being disruptive.”
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Pat Kennedy, former head basketball coach of the Towson Tigers, also joined Norris and Davis to chime in on the Durant move from a coaches perspective: “I think from a coaching standpoint, there’s a lot more recruiting going on within the NBA then we realize. I think Steve Kerr had a great deal to do with this move. I think some of the players on the team probably did a great recruiting job. It looks to me like Durant would like to win two championships.”
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