There has been no shortage of reaction to the news of Kevin Durant‘s decision to join the Golden State Warriors. While some applaud the decision, others see it as an easy way out. After all, Durant is joining an already stacked championship team. Also, it’s the same team that beat him and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals just two months ago. Because of that, the decision has been called “cowardly.” Harsh.

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith used that word and then some, when expressing his “digust” with Durant’s decision. Calling it “the weakest move I’ve ever seen by a superstar.” Many have found issue with Smith’s comments, and R&B singer Tank, took to instagram with a response to Smith.

Let's get one thing straight! I'm only kinda mad cause the Warriors are stacking up against my team. That's it! As far as a successful black man making the best decision for him and his family I support @easymoneysniper (#128175#)!! Burning that mans jersey after he gave you 9 years of everything he had! Brough something to a city that basically had nothing! Senseless and tasteless! Thank God the OKC organization has class and the upmost respect for this man. @stephenasmith stop tearing down our heroes! Stop painting a negative picture of those who decide to take destiny in their own hands. The game has controlled players for so long and now the players are starting to understand their value! Play however long God allows, play where ever God allows, and get all the money He's made room for your gift to receive!.. #Respect

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Tank followed that post with a very interesting comparison involving Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’neal. Two legends that Stephen A. Smith has always shown the utmost respect. Although Tank specializes in music, he obviously knows his history. Karl Malone and Gary Payton joined Shaquille and Kobe as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2003-04 season. Even though Payton and Malone were supposed to make the Lakers a “super team”, they lost to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA finals.

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