In Defense Of Kevin ….. Sometimes You Must Trust Your Instincts

By: Ronald Stovall Jr (Opinionated Reezy)

We all are coming off an emotional game, what should have been a close out game for some, the triumphant return game for others, but nonetheless a dynamic game!

I am an observer of people, I watch trends and behaviors and while there was prolonged timeline in this finals drama there was no excitement for the Warriors, no change of momentum, no concern for the Raptors. What was as a matter of fact was a necessary win, but for the wrong reasons! A hail Mary win to save the respect of the player who is Kevin Durant.

I have gone on record for not being a fan of Golden State, but I have gone on record for emphatically stating that I still respect what they do, but not today, at least not last night.

I heard the “..put your body on the line” comment from Steph Curry and it felt empty to me. I know with every fiber of my being he is concerned for Kevin Durant and he must be the Elder Stateman, but sometimes you need to tell the people how it is.


This entire series the Golden State organization played the will he, won’t he game like this is the WWE and I grew disheartened, first at the disrespect being thrown at the Toronto Raptors with the long standing (L)Eastern Conference narrative, but then at Kevin Durant as I could imagine if there was a chance he could play he would have played early, pushed it, locked it up and moved on to pop the bubbly. Not all injuries are equal, not all bodies are equal and sometimes you must trust your instincts!

Yes, I was on record for going hard on Kawhi Leonard for the exact opposite, but that was after a year of therapy, a couple of attempts on the court during the regular season, multiple doctor visits, etc, etc. I stand by that and I stand by this, the Golden State Warriors as an organization screwed Kevin Durant because their pride wouldn’t let them go down.

I still stand by my stance on the way in which KD went to Golden State. It was a weak move that is unmatched and incomparable to anything else that has been done, despite the revisionist that are out there; however, he is a multi-time champion and I hate seeing anyone go down like that!

They may win in 7, although I doubt it. I don’t see the energy in them to push the Raptors to the brink, but if they do, this will be the one ring I, if no one else, will put an asterisk on. This is the one win that will be a pyrrhic victory if they are lucky enough to get it. It didn’t happen in the heat of battle like Isaiah Thomas and the Bad Boys where he was healthy going in and suffered the injury where you can rally behind his toughness, even in a loss.

This one was avoidable!

This one was unnecessary!

Y’all don’t need Kevin to win right?! Prove it then! Win or lose put it all on the table for your tarnished legacy, KD just literally gave you everything for it.

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S. T. E. P. H. (For Your Legacy)

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By: Michael Tolliver Jr (Opinionated MJ)


Listen Steph,

I usually write articles with “timeless” in mind. Not articles for the day. This time, today can be huge and could still prove timeless. Mark today, June 5th, 2019. This can be the day to never forget. It’s all in your hands Steph. The NBA world is focused on you tonight. I don’t care if it’s box and 1, triangle and 2, circle defense, doesn’t matter. I’ve been a staunch supporter of yours. I know what you’re capable of and it’s time for the world to see it in its highest form. No KD? Okay. Potentially no Klay? Even better. Only for one reason: It’s time for you to etch your legacy in stone.

Your legacy is great:

3 championships in 4 years.

5 straight finals appearances.

2 MVP awards.

A Unanimous MVP Award – which put you over every single player in the entire NBA. Not just whoever made it along with the two finals teams.

It’s time to put on more than a show from the tunnel or half court during the pregame. It’s time to take it up two notches. At least for this ONE game. I don’t care if you have to shoot 20 for 60 to get 45, as long as its a win. It would be best if it was one of your usual demoralizing displays but I respect the Raptors and their players. They’re very defensive. DESTROY THEM.

It’s time for you to be the Sun for whatever team steps on the floor with you tonight Steph. Put your team in position to win and take this game. You only get this ONE shot. ONE bullet. Best sniper ever. You’ll need some handguns and automatics for this game. Full arsenal must be on display. Passing, shooting, movement with and without the ball.

I want to see you play bigger than the moment. This could very well be more important than winning a finals MVP on the way to another championship. It could redefine who you are in the eyes and minds of many. FOREVER.

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