“I wish you could just poll the Jordans, the Magics and the Larrys”

Kevin Durant remains the biggest superstar in the trade market since the Brooklyn Nets have yet to move him. KD will reportedly be meeting with Nets team owner Joe Tsai this week about this trade request.

KD’s desire to move out of Barclays Center drew criticism from many in the NBA. Shaquille O’Neal was the latest notable figure to score at KD and said he just wanted to win the easy way.

Analyst Shannon Sharpe wholeheartedly agreed with Shaq on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and continued his criticism of the Nets forward:

“Your talent is undeniable. We would never question how amazing you are KD. But, boy, is that an all-time weak gravy train! And everyone knows it. I wish you could just poll the Jordans, the Magics, and the Larrys, and those historically great players and see what they think of KD in this case.

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Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were all franchise players who led their teams to basketball glory. They continued to work with their teams until they could bring at least one NBA title to their franchise.

Over the years, Jordan and Johnson have made it clear that they would not jump to another rival team to win an NBA championship. Shaquille O’Neal sang the same chorus over and over again.

Shannon Sharpe said:

“I agree 1,000% with Shaquille O’Neal. Kevin Durant, you built this. This was your chance. You wanted to show that you are more than Golden State and that you can win without them. All I know is they got one without you and you’re trying to get somewhere to get a plain one.

“Team up with Book and CP3 or Bam and Jimmy Butler. No no no no! Stay right where you are. Make this work!”

The three-time Super Bowl winner was particularly upset when Kevin Durant named the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns as his favorite travel destinations. Both teams were No. 1 to enter last season’s playoffs.

KD also reportedly wants to join one of those teams if they keep stars like Devin Booker and Chris Paul with the Suns. Ditto for the Heat as long as Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler are there.

Skip Bayless dismisses Shaq’s criticism of Kevin Durant

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KD’s decision to play with Kyrie Irving didn’t end well for the former MVP. [Photo:]

Shannon Sharpe’s co-host Skip Bayless took the opposite tack on O’Neal’s criticism of Durant. This wasn’t the first time the veteran sports talk show host has defended KD in recent months.

Baylos said:

“I don’t think Kevin Durant even built this house. He’s more of a follower than a leader. He made a huge mistake in his career by following the wrong leader in Kyrie.”

Shaq to KD: “You as the leader should stay and make it work.” “I don’t think Kevin Durant even built this house. He’s more of a follower than a leader to follow the wrong leader in Kyrie.” — @RealSkipBayless

It’s pretty hard for Durant’s teammates not to look to the former MVP as their leader. Kyrie Irving may have the stronger personality, but KD’s basketball resume is impeccable. His teammates would likely pin their hopes on Durant’s credentials rather than Irving’s.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein “I wish you could just poll the Jordans, the Magics and the Larrys”

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