Kevin Durant didn’t seem to have time for anyone trying to dunk on the last four NBA teams remaining in the playoffs and contention for a championship.
Durant’s Brooklyn Nets were knocked out over the weekend, leaving the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks to compete in the Eastern Conference and the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers trying to advance to the Western Conference Finals. The final teams have accumulated two NBA titles in their history – one belonging to the Bucks and the other to the Hawks.
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Toure, a forward-thinking writer who had a show on MSNBC in the 2010s, claimed the NBA was doomed this year because of the star power remaining in the playoffs.
“Isn’t that a nightmare for the NBA? None of the big crossover stars are left behind in the playoffs – guys casual basketball fans know and want to watch. No Lebron, Steph, Durant, Luka… Only one of the top 15 The best-selling jerseys are still playing. It’s not good for the league, ”he wrote on Sunday.
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Durant was the exception.
“Imagine TOURE knowing what’s best for professional basketball,” he wrote on Monday.
The NBA still has star power with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the Bucks and Chris Paul leading the Suns. Kawhi Leonard could be out for the remainder of the playoffs with a knee injury. Paul George is also in a lead role for the Clippers.
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The rest of the playoffs could raise youngsters like Devin Booker and Trae Young. Both players won in the playoffs.