Tony Parker on the Polarizing Legacy of Kevin Durant: A GOAT Debate

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By Joël Pütz | Sports journalist

Adored by some, hated by others, Kevin Durant remains to this day one of the most polarizing players in the league. What to think of this ultra-talented and doubly ringed player, but whose behavior has always raised the eyebrows of fans and observers? Tony Parker looked into the case of the Slim Reaper recently.

He has been walking the NBA courts for over 15 years now and yet, Kevin Durant can’t always get everyone to agree. Yet we are talking about one of the greatest scorers of all time, perhaps the most gifted of all. Besides that, he knew how to fill his trophy cabinet since he was elected regular season MVP in 2014 before winning two rings and two Finals MVPs in 2016 and 2017.

Except that these latest awards were acquired during his stint with the Warriors which still remains in the throat of many people. KD then joined the Bay superteam, his departure from the Thunder always being seen as the ultimate betrayal. Besides that, he never managed to get back to the top of the league after leaving the Dubs, remaining a bitter failure at the Nets. All this does not work in his favor according to Tony Parker, who addressed his case on the SKWEEK Show :

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I think people forget about him (in the GOAT debate) because they have a hard time giving him credit for the titles he won at Golden State. They would have wanted Kevin Durant to do like Dirk Nowitzki, stay in the same franchise in OKC and win a title in OKC. Or maybe when he went to Brooklyn, try to bring Brooklyn and win a title.

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I think that’s why people have a hard time giving him the same respect as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. Because he never took a team and went to win a title. He arrived on a team that had won 73 games the year before.

The winger had also expressed his frustration recently about not being considered among the GOAT candidates. Here again, TP is hardly surprised:

Oh yes, I understand his frustration. Because those who know basketball well know that he is one of the greatest talents in NBA history. But then, yeah, people don’t see it that way. It’s true that when people ask me about GOAT, I never talk about Kevin Durant. I’m going to talk to you about LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant. These are the only ones I bring into the conversation. It’s not even in my Top 10.

Despite all the good things that the former Spurs think of the Slim Reaper, even he cannot include Durant in this prestigious ranking. Now boss of the Suns squad, the latter has no choice but to go all the way with the Arizona franchise. Especially since with Devin Booker and Bradley Beal at his side, the person concerned is surrounded by ultra-talented players.

Kevin Durant’s talent is undeniable, even for his haters. But his lack of loyalty and the fact that he has never won a title outside of Stephen Curry’s Warriors weigh heavily on his record and that’s why people automatically exclude me from the GOAT debate, according to Tony Parker.

2024-02-20 19:30:00
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