As we all know, LeBron James opted out of his contract earlier this week. People have speculated what LeBron might do as he has been quiet about the situation. LeBron also has been criticized greatly for his decision to opt-out more then anybody that I can ever recall. One person who doesn’t understand the criticism is Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
Durant defended LeBron’s decision to opt out and also questioned LeBron’s critics.
“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Durant said, shortly after his “KD7″ was revealed. “You know, as a player, I think that’s the best way to go about it. You can have all your options. It’s better for you as a player to opt-out, because you can get a market deal, you can get more years. You never know what will happen if you pass up on that. So I didn’t know what the big deal was. I’m sure it was a decision he made — something he was thinking about — for him and his family.”
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Durant told a small group of local reporters. “I don’t think anything that you guys criticize LeBron [about] is fair. He switched teams; he’s not the first guy to do it. He decided to opt out; he’s not the first guy to do it. Sometimes a lot of people criticize him a little bit too much for doing normal things, doing stuff that everybody has done. [Even] Tim Duncan went into free agency before. He got courted by quite a few teams. We’ll see what happens with me, but everybody’s done the same thing. He’s not the first.”
The main issue is that when you’re considered the best player in the world, people believe that you shouldn’t join a team that already has two top 50 players. That one decision will also be the reason why LeBron will have critics.