New York Knicks legend, Walt “Clyde” Frazier believes that Kevin Durant’s decision to sign the Warriors will hurt his legacy.
Kevin Durant flipped the NBA upside down on July 4, 2016. He decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors and he helped launch the team from a great team to an untouchable one. New York Knicks legend, Walt “Clyde” Frazier appeared on NBA Today on SiriusXM NBA Radio. He discussed Durant’s decision to sign with the Warriors and he gave the old school perspective.
Knicks HOFer Walt Frazier told me Kevin Durant will be down on the all-time list & have an asterisk next to his name bc he joined the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/ctKRtmtKrz
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“Durant, I mean as great a player as he is, I would still hold back because man he joined a team that really didn’t need him. You know what I mean? I mean he’s right there with LeBron, probably would surpass LeBron as the best player in the game soon, but for him doing that I still don’t give him the full credit that he probably would have deserved if he stayed with OKC and won a title with that team.”
Clyde was then asked if he could place him in the top-10 or top-15 of his list or would his move to the Warriors hurt his chances at being remembered as one of the greats. Clyde responded:
“Yeah, yeah he’s gonna be down the list for me because of that. There will be an asterisk by his name.”
Frazier is a pretty prominent voice in basketball. He’s considered one of the all-time greats and he knows a thing or two about winning championships.
Those are pretty strong words from Clyde, but he is echoing the sentiment of a lot of former players. Not to mention, this is the same way a lot of New Yorkers feel. Durant copped out when he signed with the team that beat him in the Western Conference Finals.
Of course, KD is a free agent in the offseason and New Yorkers would forgive Durant for all his transgressions if he were to sign with the Knicks. It’s far too early to speculate about next offseason, but at the very least, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski believes the Knicks are going to sign someone relevant.