The buzz around Arizona, is that with Kevin Durant joining the Phoenix Suns this season is now championship or bust. From fans to players and staff, the weight of Arizona is now on Durant’s shoulders. The 2014 NBA MVP brings the stigma that winning a championship in Phoenix is now closer than ever before.
However in some basketball minds this move brings them farther from that elusive trophy. The Phoenix Suns threw away their two best players under 25 along with a half decades worth of first round picks. Now the Suns have two of the oldest players in the league in their starting rotation.
A winning window that was wide open is now barely ajar. Again, the weight of Arizona sits on Durant’s shoulders. Can he shoulder the load?
Past, Present, and Future Durant
Kevin Durant is one of the most recognizable people in the sports world. At 6’10 with the handles of a wing and the jumper of a two guard. In the past he was one of the three best players in the league.
Nine seasons ago he was the MVP of this league. After treacherous playoff battles ending with little or no success, he decided not to endure the journey.
He teamed up with the Golden State Warriors to make what some argue as the biggest super team to ever be created. True NBA fans deemed that team an unfair advantage.
Currently he has been injured more than not. Since 2019 he has been seen in street clothes on the bench about as much as he has been seen hitting silky smooth jumpers from the elbow.
Nobody know what the future holds, yet Durant’s track record is more tracksuits and playoff loses than it is championships.
So why does a fanbase and franchise who has never won a championship put the weight of the state on an aged superstars shoulders?
My opinion, because they do not know any better. All that glitters ain’t gold.
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Rowan Donaghey is a Sports and Betting insider, and breaking news reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on twitter via @RowanDonaghey
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