Kevin Durant took the easy route to placing an NBA title ring on his finger. Instead of continuing in the struggle to topple the NBA’s most dominant franchise, Durant joined forces with that most powerful franchise.
It was a good move for Durant. It was a bad move for NBA fans and for the future of the league. For most of us – for everyone who is not a Warriors fan - the Durant move wasn’t funny.
Until Wednesday night.
Peyton Manning – of all people – delivered a dose of justice to Durant at the ESPY Awards 2017 Show.
Peyton Manning, the ESPY MC, was praising the United States women’s gymnastics team that won gold in Rio when he suddenly turned his fire to Durant.
“Our gymnastics team was so dominant that Kevin Durant told me he wants to play for them next year,” Manning said.
The crowd roared, and Durant’s mother Wanda joined in the laughter.
Durant did not laugh. Instead, he responded with a mournful look that will haunt him for the next three decades. Durant should have laughed, if only to save himself from further ridicule.
Here's some advice, Kevin: Don't let them see you squirm.
Manning wasn’t done with the man who took the easy route to a ring.
“And I’ve got to tell you,” the former Bronco quarterback said, “I don’t think you’d start for that team, Kevin.”