Though it feels quite recent that LeBron and the Cavs erased a 3-1 deficit and beat the Warriors in the Finals, the NBA season is inching ever closer — we’re already within two months till tip-off. While the news was seismic, it’s going to take some getting used to that Kevin Durant is on Golden State now, and this is true both from fans’ perspective and players on the team.
Last month, Klay Thompson said that he wasn’t “sacrificing shit” for Durant, as it pertains to his own game. This raised some eyebrows. This isn’t pinball where sometimes there are multiple balls. There’s one basketball, which means that mathematically it will be difficult for Thompson, Durant, and Stephen Curry to fit on a basketball court together without all three taking less shots than they are accustomed to.
Now, Curry has provided a similar quote. Darren Rovell caught up with Curry in China:
After Durant signed with the Warriors, Thompson insisted that he wasn’t changing his game to accommodate the team’s newest addition. Curry says he won’t either, which won’t be a surprise to Durant. “It won’t change at all,” Curry said. “That’s the reason KD joined — knowing we weren’t going to sacrifice anything, that we all have to be ourselves to make things work. There will be some adjustments when it comes to the in-game flow and how we work together, but for us to be who we’re supposed to be, we all have to kind of elevate ourselves.”
If those “in-game flow” adjustments do not amount to shooting less, there could some chemistry issues. The Warriors are talented enough that this won’t be a catastrophic issue during the regular season as it pertains to wins and losses — barring severe injury, you can pencil them in to win at least 60 — but the dynamic will be interesting to observe in the playoffs.