Adam Silver chatted with Kevin Durant’s mom on ESPYs red carpet
NBA commissioner Adam Silver found himself on the red carpet Wednesday night at the ESPYs keeping company with a person who may not have liked his critical comments about Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors:
Kevin Durant’s mom.
Silver told Cleveland.com that his red carpet chat had some impact on his opinion that Durant joining the Warriors is “not ideal from a league standpoint.”
The commissioner’s conversation with Wanda Durant evidently afforded him to see things from Durant’s perspective.
“The one thing I have learned, I was just talking to Kevin Durant’s mom, every situation is different,” Silver said before the ESPYs in Los Angeles. “This was a team in Golden State where they have three all-stars who were all drafted. A team that’s under the cap. And one free agent, who also happens to be a superstar makes a decision to go to that team. It’s very different than if multiple players from different teams had come together and said let’s all land on yet a completely different team.
“Every situation is unique, and these players have difficult decisions to make,” Silver said. “Of course they want to win. I’m sure it was very difficult for him to leave the Oklahoma City community. Look at the incredible things he’s done there over the years. So these decisions are always difficult, and these are young men. It’s a lot of responsibility.”
While Silver has stated the NBA does not “necessarily want to overreact to a particular situation,” alluding of course to Durant’s recent move, he nevertheless hinted that the collective bargaining agreement ought to be altered to help maintain competitive balance in the league.
That may indeed be the case — at least from the NBA’s point of view — but at least Wanda Durant had the opportunity to provide Silver with a different perspective of the situation.