4th Quarter

4th Quarter

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  • The Impossible has Happened: Durant Heads to Warriors


    I will be the first to say it. I didn’t think that Durant would leave OKC. Heck, OKC didn’t think Durant would leave OKC. However that is just what the superstar has done. Durant is will sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the already well stacked Golden State Warriors. The deal will also include a player option after the first year.

    “The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction,” Durant wrote. “But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. “With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.” “It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.”

    OKCGOldenOf course this takes us right into how will Stephen Curry feel about sharing the limelight with Durant? If they don’t win it all this year will the two-time reigning MVP who can become a free agent after next season leave? That is a real possibility. Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will all make more than Curry this season after this deal. Durant’s contract can be finalized July 7, when a league wide moratorium is lifted on signings and trades. Warriors coach Steve Kerr pretty much got the news the same time as the rest of us. He was in Hawaii when then news about Durant joining Golden State broke. On July 7 Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes will become an unrestricted free as the Warriors are expected to renounce their rights to them. Don’t feel to bad for Barnes though. In this salary cap craziness the Dallas Mavericks already committed to a four-year $94.4 million deal with him. The Golden State Warriors won 73 games last season on the way to setting an NBA regular-season record. With Durant in on the team. Can they match or even break that record? Cleveland Cavaliers has to be the team that hates this move the most as they barely made it past the Warriors.

    “Kevin made an indelible mark on the Thunder organization and the state of Oklahoma as a founding father of this franchise,” Presti said. “We can’t adequately articulate what he meant to the foundation of this franchise and our success. While clearly disappointing that he has chosen to move on, the core values that he helped establish only lead to us thanking him for the many tangible and intangible ways that he helped our program.” ~Thunder general manager Sam Presti

  • LeBron James Delivers Championship Promise


    LeBron James lived up to the hype tonight. Love him or hate him, he wrote his name into the history books and permanently into the hearts of  everyone in Cleveland.  The city has not won a championship since 1964. LeBron James lead the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit. The odds were not on his side. He redefined logic to win the NBA this year’s Finals game 7. The Golden State Warriors didn’t make it easy for him but Curry also didn’t play well. Golden State Warriors won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games but that meant nothing in the finals. LeBron who seemed to be playing with a chip on his shoulder the whole series scored 27 points, had 11 rebounds and added 11 assists. He also had three blocked shots and had two steals for good measure. With that kind of night it is no wonder that the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday. He was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career.

    “I’m home. I’m home. This is what I came back for. I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable. It doesn’t feel real right now.” ~LeBron James

    Kyrie Irving who has played like a champion the whole series put the dagger into the Warriors with a three-pointer with only 53 seconds left. Irving finished with 26 points.

    “I understood what everybody in northeast Ohio had been through the last 50-plus years, and I’m happy to be a part of history. I can’t wait to get back home. I’m ready to get to you guys. We’ve been through so much adversity these last two years. I just knew what we were capable of even being down 3-1 vs. the greatest regular season team ever, you know, 73-9. Everybody counted us out, and that’s when we strived the most.”~LeBron James