Kevin Durant has been known to dazzle an NBA arena, but last Wednesday night, he put on a different kind of show.
Save for the delivery, a lot of what Durant said was justified. His departure this summer is not a foregone conclusion. He may be keeping everyone in limbo because even he doesn't know what's next.
Even if that lack of a decision has the Golden State Warriors in a precarious spot, saying outright that he is gone doesn't help them win. So while it's fair for reporters to do their jobs and question him on his plans, it's also fair that Durant doesn't want to let that dynamic get in the way of putting another trophy on his mantle.
Ethan Strauss, whom Durant called out by name, wrote in The Athletic:
Let us be frank, with the caveat that the choice lives inside the head of one guy who can and does change his mind: Insiders around the league think Kevin Durant is leaving the Warriors for the Knicks. Most people within the Warriors either think Durant is leaving or profess not to know one way or the other. His teammates recognize this reality, can handle it and merely want one outcome: Win a championship, absent too much drama.
Whether Durant stays or goes, the goal until then is obvious, both for Durant and the Warriors: a three-peat. And in spite of everything that's happened off the court this season, Golden State is best-positioned to win the title.