BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
Unless you live under a rock, you likely know superstar Kevin Durant made the decision to join the Golden State Warriors next season on a 2-year, $54 million contract.
What you may not know, however, is the nationwide 'gasp' let out by current players across the NBA landscape.
Wow. Didn't see that coming. #nbafreeagency— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) July 4, 2016
The game has really changed. #happy4thofjuly— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 4, 2016
Former Wizard Paul Pierce eloquently mocked Durant's winning strategy, while seemingly forgetting the fact that he, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen began basketball's fixation on superteams with the original 'Big Three.'
If u can't beat um join um 🤔— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 4, 2016
The Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid — like Gortat —looks forward to seeing the Warrior offense. Except, he's more interested in using them in the video game "NBA 2K17," rather than watching in real life.
I'm gonna use GSW all day in 2k17.... Fam I wouldn't be surprised if they score 200 pts next year lmao— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 4, 2016
Meanwhile, Washington center Marcin Gortat can't wait to see the offensive show the new-look Warriors put up on a day-to-day basis. That is, unless they're playing the Wizards.
Thats crazy!!!! KD in GSW???? .... R they gonna score 200 points a game😂😂— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) July 4, 2016
Basketball players weren't the only ones reacting as the news reached every corner of the sports world. Several athletes from other sports responded as well, including Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson and former Terps and Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.
Crazy Or What ?? Damn 👀👀 this a crazy Squad https://t.co/xBBwGi3i8l— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) July 4, 2016
Man what yall got goin on @NBA yall jus gon sit back and let it happen. They basically got team USA over there in Oakland— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) July 4, 2016
Golden State 82-0? 👀 #KevinDurant— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) July 4, 2016
Can't even watch basketball next year.. 🙄— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) July 4, 2016
Still a team sport. There will be growing pains. Everybody crowned the Heat champions when they formed big 3.. https://t.co/vHTpQqMezl— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) July 4, 2016
Needless to say, just about everyone in the Bay Area is pretty excited.
Welcome to Oakland, @KDTrey5!!— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) July 4, 2016
Bay areaaaaaaaaaa!— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) July 4, 2016
Looks I just turnt the gogo wifi on at the right time...— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 4, 2016