Max Kellerman says if Kevin Durant leads Nets to a title, he will be in the same level as Michael Jordan
Max Kellerman of ESPN’s First Take is known for his strong opinions and, well, takes on the sporting news of the day. On today’s episode of the show, Kellerman fired off a rather strong opinion on Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, related to Durant’s historical stature were he to bring a championship to New York for the first time in four decades.
In Kellerman’s opinion, if Durant were to lead the Nets to a championship in his first season with the team, KD would enter the conversation of being one of the best players in NBA history – alongside the nigh-sacred personage of Michael Jordan.
Here’s Kellerman’s full thesis:
“KD will never be as good as he once was because half the game is defense,” Kellerman said on First Take. “As a result of that, he has the chance now to be greater than he’s ever been. If Kevin Durant, as the diminished version of himself, can lead the Brooklyn Nets to a championship in the biggest, most intense media market in the world, in the center of the known universe, in a town that hasn’t won a basketball championship on a professional level since the New York Nets in 1976 in the ABA when Doctor J. was the MVP or on an NBA level since 1973 when the Knicks won or in Brooklyn on any level, in any sport, since the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. If Kevin Durant can do that, he will enter the conversation as when you talk about Jordan, well, who else? He would truly enter that conversation.”
Of course, KD will likely miss all of next season after rupturing his achilles tendon, but if Durant can return to form and lead the Nets to the promised land, he indeed might deserve such high praise.