Warriors’ announcement of discontinuing No. 35 jersey to honor Kevin Durant is silly

Less than 24 hours after NBA free agency officially opened, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob made a surprising announcement.

“Three years ago, we were thrilled with the arrival of Kevin Durant, a transformative NBA player and one of the best to ever play the game. He provided our fans and franchise with numerous highlights during his stay here—two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, three trips to the Finals, unparalleled efficiency—and carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court. His commitment to our community was evident each day, including last season when his philanthropic efforts earned him the NBA’s annual Community Assist Award. Today, as he starts a new chapter in his incredible career, we thank KD for all of his contributions, for being an integral part to one of the most prolific runs in NBA history and wish him well as he continues his Hall of Fame journey. As long as I am Co-Chairman of this team, no player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors again.”

Interesting. Odd.

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My initial reaction to Andre Iguodala joining the Warriors

The Warriors bring Andre Iguodala in on a four-year deal. In the process, they ridded themselves of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson.

My initial impression was that this would mean the Dwight Howard pursuit would be over. Not necessarily. A sign and trade is still a possibility where Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes could be moved.

I remember years ago when Iguodala was with the Sixers and I was impressed by his intensity and his jumpshot. He had great range and I thought he would be a great player for the Warriors to get. But he would end up in Denver and now a few years later, he’s finally on the Warriors. Back then, the Warriors could have benefitted from Iguodala. Now I don’t know what to think with Harrison Barnes as the starting small forward.

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