Greg Papa on Kevin Durant: ‘I’m not disappointed he left’
Veteran Bay Area sportscaster Greg Papa believes Kevin Durant is an all-time NBA great — and a key factor in bringing the Golden State Warriors back-to-back championships.
But he’s not all that sorry to see him go.
That sentiment doesn’t have anything to do with Durant’s quirky personality, and/or his occasional surliness with the media. It’s more the result of skepticism over whether Durant will continue to be a dominant force on the basketball court after suffering a devastating Achilles tear in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
“Considering the kind of injury it is, his age and his history of being a slow healer, I’m not disappointed he left,” Papa said on Friday.
Since the season ended, Durant exercised his right as a free agent and signed a four-year, $164 million max contract with the Brooklyn Nets. But because of the injury, Durant won’t be able to play during the first year of the contract. The deal also has a player option in the fourth year, meaning Durant could become a free agent again in the Summer of 2022, ahead of his 34th birthday.
Papa believes the Nets have taken a major gamble.
“He’ll miss one entire year. I don’t expect him to be the same player his first year back and he may not be the same player ever,” Papa said. “As great as KD is, and as much as I love him, what Brooklyn did is a major risk that borders on recklessness.”
Meanwhile, the Warriors, who have won three NBA titles over five years, have had to push the rest button with a major overhaul of their roster.
“It’s as monumental a transition by a championship team — over a short period of time — that we’ve seen in quite a while,” Papa said.
Papa, like Durant, switched “teams” recently, jumping from 95.7 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports