Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors two years ago has rubbed some people the wrong way. But plenty of people have openly defended Durant’s decision, including Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard JJ Redick.
Redick knows a thing or two about changing NBA teams, as he is playing for his fourth franchise. And during a mailbag segment of his podcast (The JJ Redick Podcast, which is available at all podcast places, and hosted by The Ringer), Redick explained his support for Durant and his decision.
Asked about DeMar DeRozan being traded, Redick (as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports) stated that “This is why I love what Kevin Durant did in going to Golden State. You should look at your career as sort of squeezing out every ounce of money, joy, winning, team — whatever it is you prioritize . . . There is so much you can’t control. When you have an opportunity to do what you actually want to do, you have to take it.”
Redick also made the important point that a lot of criticism directed at Durant is due to racism, pointing out that “When a player, and a lot of professional athletes are African-American in football and basketball, tries to sort of enact control on his career -- Kevin Durant goes to the Warriors -- there’s a lot of backlash. When white owners and white GMs, primarily, when they make a trade that they deem in the best interest of their organization, they don’t receive that same backlash.”