The vitriol is palpable. The criticisms are many and the jealousy runs deep. Mega-star Kevin Durant will be signing with the Golden State Warriors on Thursday throwing the Association into a tizzy. And, while analysts, players and executives are aghast at the power move by Durant, the DubNation rejoices in their good fortune.
Here’s the brass tax: Bring the hate. Long-standing Warrior fans know what the alternative is. We had to live in the trash bin of the NBA for roughly 35 of the last 40 years, so if you want to hate the Warriors for their embarrassment of riches, so be it.
Don’t act like you wouldn’t be relishing the Durant signing for your favorite squad. People acting is if this move is unprecedented is laughable. While Dennis Rodman is not even in the same class as Durant, the great Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen put on a full court press to their nemesis after gagging against Orlando in 1996. The result was a three-headed monster that rolled to three straight titles.
Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce tweeted out yesterday, “If you can’t beat em’ join em.” Well, Pierce and his Celtics were the recipients of team building when Danny Ainge acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen helping Beantown capture their 17th world championship. Lest we forget the “team building” that took place in Miami in 2010 when LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all signed on the dotted line to build an NBA powerhouse in 2010. Durant’s move is not unprecedented, it’s the norm. It just so happens that it is happening to my team.
Naysayers and detractors will lament the move saying its bad for the game, it’s wrong, and that they won’t watch. Good for you. Throw your fit, make your stand. Those of us in the DubNation could care less. The basketball world will still watch. They will tune in like they did to those hated Pistons teams in the late 80’s and cheer for them to lose. They will tune in like those machine-like Lakers teams with Kobe-Shaq just to see the show. They will tune in to hate, just like they did with those LeBron led Heat teams.
Hating the Golden State Warriors will turn into a cottage industry. Hating them will be universal. Hating them will be empirical. Hating the Dubs will be cool. Go ahead do it. Please hate the Warriors, revel in their losses. We don’t mind because the alternative is being irrelevant (See: Sacramento Kings in the dictionary.)
The Warriors were a pimple on the buttocks of the NBA from 1976-1987 and from 1993-2007 after the Chris Webber fiasco. Life-long Warrior fans have paid the price, we now get to bask in the glow of magnificence. Your hate can not dampen our shine.
So, I urge you to keep hating the Dubs. We love it. We embrace the hate.