Facing off against each other in the Finals in consecutive years, the series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is now 1-1. The rubber match will likely take place again next season as both teams have retooled and seem poised to make another deep postseason run.
The Warriors however, made the biggest upgrade to their team by adding superstar forward Kevin Durant. Despite Durant making the Warriors an even stronger opponent, from a league standpoint, LeBron James is in favor of the move.
From James’ interview with Business Insider’s Alyson Shontell:
So, I think it’s all great for our league. Our league is very competitive. It’s continued to grow, and [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver has done a great job of picking up where David Stern started, so it’s pretty cool …
Well, I think every decision is different. My decision to leave Cleveland to go to Miami and then go back is different from Kevin Durant leaving OKC [home of the Oklahoma City Thunder] and going to the Warriors. It’s different from Shaq leaving Orlando and going to the [Los Angeles] Lakers. It’s different from Michael retiring, coming back, retiring, coming back, and then going to the [Washington] Wizards. So I think every decision is different, and how much you have invested in that player, I guess, or how much you feel for that player is how you’re going to react. So everyone is different.
Considering how James switched teams twice, his comment is not a surprise. Plus, James is an expert at maximizing his value, both monetarily and from a winning standpoint, which is what Durant essentially did by signing with Golden State.