A lot of people criticize Kevin Durant for a lot of things. The most recent wave of criticism stems him supposedly ruining the NBA by joining the Golden State Warriors. Critics base this opinion on the fact that Durant's move to the Warriors upsets the league’s competitive balance, and makes a win for any other team almost unattainable.
Durant’s reply has been that if that’s what he’s single-handedly capable of, then he should be getting a bigger paycheck.
“My responsibility is to my skills. My responsibility is to myself,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I’m not worried about the NBA. That’s their job. They make too much money. They ain’t paying me enough to dictate the NBA. I should be making more money if all that’s on me. My responsibility is to whatever team I play for. All that other stuff, that’s on y’all.”
Durant is spot on. The league’s competitive equity isn’t his responsibility, and the way in which the cap works permitted his transition to Golden State. He now has two titles and a Finals MVP under his belt, so he’s obviously winning, if anything.
The Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers, clinching this year’s title with a score of 108 to 85 and winning all four games in the series.