Stephen A. Smith Calls Kevin Durant "Weak." Stephen A. Smith Should Shut The Fuck Up

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There have already been and will continue to be many takes and opinions about Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors; some good, some not so good, and most completely unable to accurately assess until the end of the 2016-2017 NBA season.

None however will be worse than what Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN this morning, who called it "the weakest move I've ever seen from a superstar."

He reiterated his feelings on Twitter:


This is, of course, the same Stephen A. Smith who left his job at the Philadelphia Inquirer for a much more lucrative and higher profile gig at ESPN. Who could have, of course, stayed at the Inquirer for his entire career — which could last another 20 or 30 years — and attempted to make it competitive with ESPN. (He would have failed, but he still could have tried.) But instead he made the wise decision for his family and his legacy and chose to join a dominant media entity full of already established stars; a place that makes his job a bit easier and pays him millions of dollars to insult the decisions made by men with less than 10 years left in their careers.

I recognize this analogy isn't perfect. But just remember that Stephen A. Smith is full of shit. Stephen A. Smith can (and should) shut the fuck up. But won't, of course. Because money.

Happy 4th!

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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I'm just enjoying all the people overly in their feelings regarding this Durant move. He went to a better city, better run organization where he has a better chance of succeeding at the highest level, as if 99% of people wouldn't do the same. Folks act as if NBA players owe their teams some sort of ultimate allegiance. You don't see this really in any other professional sport. Maybe this is karma for OKC for the way the owners up and bailed out of Seattle after telling the fanbase and the city they would stay.