Warriors' Kerr defends Durant, dubs villain talk 'absurd'


Warriors' Kerr defends Durant, dubs villain talk 'absurd'

Editor's Note: The above video is from July 7, 2016.

Ever since deciding to leave the Thunder for the Warriors on July 4, Kevin Durant has been referred to as the NBA's new "villain."

But one person that isn't buying into that storyline is Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

The third-year coach was asked about his newest superstar being considered a "villain" in an interview on ESPN Radio Sunday afternoon.

"To think of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or any of our guys as a villain, is kind of absurd. But especially Kevin. This is one of the most likable people in the league. He's been obviously a great player, but he's just an awesome human being and what he did in Oklahoma City is just amazing for that community," Kerr told Michelle Beadle and Ramona Shelburne on their TMi show.

Kerr went on to defend Durant's decision and explained why the 2014 MVP signed with the Warriors.

"Circumstances sort of dictate, I guess, that some people are going to view him as a villain. But it's only because he decided to go elsewhere to play because he wanted a change of scenery, wanted a new challenge. More than anything, he wanted to play with our guys. He loves Draymond and Steph and Klay and Andre. He loved seeing those guys in New York. He loved seeing the chemistry that exists and I think he really wanted to be a part of it."

"So, people are going to view him however they want, but we all know what kind of person he is and what kind of impact he's had around the league," Kerr said.

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

The blockbuster trade isn't official, but that didn't stop LeBron James from weighing in.

A few hours after ESPN reported that the Lakers and Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, LeBron posted this on his Instagram feed.

LeBron is getting the running mate he desperately needs in LA. No offense to Kyrie Irving or Dwyane Wade, but Davis is the best player LeBron will play with during his Hall of Fame NBA career.

So you can understand LeBron's excitement.

Even former Lakers president Magic Johnson likes the trade.

Yes, Magic just praised the guy he claims stabbed him in the back during his time with the Lakers. Weird times in Los Angeles.

Chances are, if any Warriors player acknowledges the trade on social media, they won't share the same level of excitement as LeBron.

The Lakers are re-tooling their roster just as the Warriors are licking their many, many wounds from an NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors.

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Just two days after that bitter defeat, seeing LeBron and the Lakers acquire Davis is not the news they wanted.

LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

Lonzo Ball is on his way out of Los Angeles as part of the Lakers' reported trade for Anthony Davis.

You just knew it wouldn't take long for Lonzo's loudmouth father, LaVar, to say something crazy regarding the trade. In fact, it took just a few hours.

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk caught up with LaVar on Saturday while he was watching his son, LaMelo, play in the Drew League in LA, and he didn't hold back.

"It'll be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life, and they'll never win another championship, guaranteed," LaVar said.

In their first season with LeBron James, the Lakers failed to make the playoffs. Then Magic Johnson abruptly quit as team president. The last few months have been full of drama in LA.

But through it all, LaVar still believed Lonzo was the player to help turn around the Lakers.

"They gonna regret it," LaVar told ESPN. "I'm going to have fun with it. I told y'all that it was crashing down. Now it completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before it exploded.

"I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you going to survive this. You let them go, oh, it's going to be a cold day in hell."

Oh, LaVar.

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Along with Ball, the Lakers are sending Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round draft picks and the right to swap first-rounders in 2023 and 2025 to the New Orleans Pelicans. It's a hefty price to pay for an oft-injured superstar. But LeBron has limited time left, so the Lakers needed to make a big splash.

While the Warriors probably are dreading the thought of facing LeBron and The Brow (plus whichever marquee free agent the Lakers sign), they're probably happy they don't have to deal with LaVar anymore.