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Why Bob Myers, Warriors didn't have problem with Kevin Durant leaving

Why Bob Myers, Warriors didn't have problem with Kevin Durant leaving

Kevin Durant received endless criticism for his decision to join the Warriors. When he opted to depart for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, whatever sour grapes there were did not emanate from Golden State.

As Warriors general manager Bob Myers explained on ESPN's "The Woj Pod," that was both intentional and deserved.

"Look, the guy came to our team, was MVP of the Finals twice, two championships, three Finals," Myers told Adrian Wojnarowski, "what do you want? I mean, what do you want to happen? What do you expect out of a human being? What is the problem with that? But, people would find it and seek it. 

"Everybody is so fast to look at what's wrong with a team, and I was just so focused on -- and still am -- on what was right with all those things, even in losing. Even in the effort you make to win or lose, there are great experiences there. And so for me -- and it may have come from I liked the guy, for all of him.

"A lot of people that comment on him would say he shouldn't have left or he shouldn't have done this -- everybody's telling him how to live his life. The way I think about Kevin is ... just because you don't understand doesn't mean he's confused."

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Long before Myers built arguably the greatest team in NBA history, he was a player agent, and that perspective surely factored into him harboring no ill will towards Durant whatsoever.

"Players are allowed to do whatever they want to do, whether it's him or anybody else," Myers added. "In professional sports, you sign contracts, and when you're free you get to do what you want to do. You can't criticize a guy for that."

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Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

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He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Stop the presses. Draymond Green and Charles Barkley disagree on something.

Green appeared on TNT's pregame show Saturday, and after they revealed the 2019-20 MVP finalists, Barkley made the case that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the best scorer in NBA history.

"Y'all laughed at me. Everybody laughed at me a couple years ago," Barkley said. "I said [Harden] is the best offensive player. He's not as great of a player as Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, but this guy here, might be the greatest offensive player we've ever had because, as great as Michael and Kobe were, they weren't 3-point shooters. This guy is a better 3-point shooter ... "

Co-host Kenny Smith interjected and referenced Bryant's 81-point game.

"I think James Harden could get 80 in a game," Barkley said. "If he went out and just 'I'm going to get 80.' "

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That's when Green jumped into the conversation.

"But does James score like that back then when y'all were playing and fouls weren't called the same way they're called today?" Green asked.

"I did use that caveat: In today's game, he's the greatest scorer I've ever seen," Barkley responded. "It's a different game, but he's the best we got offensively today."

Barkley, Smith and host Ernie Johnson tried to steer the conversation back to the MVP debate, but Green reverted back to the "best scorer ever" chat.

"Kevin Durant's the best scorer, by the way," Green said. "The best scorer ever. Not even close. No disrespect to James, but Kevin Durant is the best scorer ever."

"That's fair," Barkley said. "I don't agree with you."

That's some high praise from Green for his former teammate. Green played a big part in convincing Durant to sign with the Warriors in 2016, but their relationship soured after an on-court argument in Los Angeles during the 2018-19 season.

Regardless of the relationship between Green and Durant, the current Warriors forward has a point. Yes, Jordan, Bryant and Harden have put together some of the best single-season scoring numbers, but Durant is so unique in the ways he can score. We've never seen anything quite like the four-time NBA scoring champ.

Durant is lethal from the 3-point line, he can post up and score at will on the block and he can get to the rim whenever he wants.

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Green never played against Jordan, but he grew up watching Bryant and faced him his final few seasons in the league, he's gone up against Harden in the NBA playoffs several times over the last few years, and he's played with and against Durant.

As one of the premier defenders in the NBA, Green would know better than anyone who the best scorers in the league are. If he says Durant is the best, a lot of weight should be put into those words.