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Another member of the NBA community has spoken out against Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors in free agency in 2016. This time it’s New York Knicks legendary Hall of Fame guard and color commentator Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
Frazier believes Durant tainted his legacy by signing with the Warriors, who won a regular-season record 73 games the season prior.
“Durant, as great a player he is, I would still hold back (giving him credit) because he joined a team that really didn't need him,” Frazier said Tuesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
Durant’s decision to hop on the Warriors’ bandwagon hurt his status as one of the NBA all-time greats, according to Frazier.
He’s going to be down the list for me because of that. There will be an asterisk next to his name.
Frazier discussed how he wanted to beat his rivals, not team up with them.
“I would’ve never joined [Jerry] West, [Bill] Russell or [Wilt] Chamberlain. I wanted to kick their butts.”
In this offseason alone, Durant has been criticized by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for choosing the Warriors in free agency—a decision he made over two years ago. Durant, a superstar, made an unprecedented move by leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the team that had just beaten him in the playoffs. Backlash was to be expected, as he opted to join a roster stocked with three All-Stars and had won a title together without him.
Durant has not handled criticism well in the past and even lashed out at McCollum. It will be interesting to see if Durant can bite his tongue this time around, or if he will jab back at Frazier.