Myles Garrett rips Kevin Durant for riding ‘somebody’s coattails to get a W’
Myles Garrett broke out a familiar refrain by blasting Kevin Durant and saying the Golden State Warriors superstar and two-time NBA Finals MVP “broke the league.”
The Cleveland Browns defensive end stated his case that Durant took the easy route to winning titles by joining the Warriors during an appearance this week on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan, being sure to differentiate what Durant did and what a certain local basketball star pulled a few years back.
“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out in my mind,” Garrett said on “The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima,” as transcribed by Cleveland.com. “It’s different when LeBron left. He went to [Miami to join] Wade and Bosh but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. [James] had to gel and work things into place…”
While Garrett did admit that James played a huge role in the advent of NBA superteams, he nevertheless disagrees with Durant’s decision to join the Warriors.
“If I were him I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” Garrett said. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”
Garrett’s slam on Durant obviously is not an uncommon one, nor will it be the last time Durant will be called out in such a manner. That said, Durant has made it abundantly clear he has no time for such noise and criticism.
Interestingly, Garrett himself is in an unenviable position of trying to turn around a long-suffering franchise that has won only one game over the past two seasons. It would seem Garrett’s comments bind him to the Browns for the long haul, regardless of the team’s imminent successes or failures.