Durant asked to retire the jersey, the Warriors celebrity support: he sacrificed his body and almost led the team to three consecutive championships
Although the regular season is nearing the end, the team playoff situation is not clear, but the Nets star Durant is still active in the network media. Recently, he accepted an interview with American media The ringer reporter Logan Moldo, in which he openly shouted at his former home Thunder and Warriors, asking them to retire their jerseys in the future.
Although the management of both the Thunder and Warriors did not speak out in response, Warriors star Chris Mullin expressed his support for Durant. He believes that Durant has worked hard during his three years with the Warriors, willingly sacrificing his health for the team and almost leading the team to achieve a three-peat.
Mullin, nicknamed the “Golden Left Hand”, is a legendary player in the Warriors’ history. He played 12 seasons in Golden State, during which he was selected as an All-Star five times, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame after his retirement, and his No. 17 jersey has been hung over the Warriors’ arena. Obviously, he still recognizes Durant’s accomplishments; however, a portion of Golden State’s local fans don’t think so.
Although Durant dedicated the peak of his career to the Golden State Warriors, he only played three seasons in Golden State, and like when he left the Thunder, Durant left the Warriors in an undignified manner. in the summer of 2019, the Warriors tried to renew Durant’s contract, but the latter avoided seeing the All-Star forward in New York until the team formed a luxury lobbying team led by Curry; but the two sides did not talk for long Durant closed the communication channel and left the Warriors with determination.
Those fans who don’t support the Warriors retiring Durant’s NBA jersey also have the argument that the Warriors were already a championship team before he arrived, which makes Durant’s two Finals MVPs not look as golden.
KD calls out thunder warriors for retiring his jersey, will he avoid KG’s fate?
In the history of the NBA, only 2 players have been able to retire their jerseys in 3 teams, and now Durant wants to join them. In a recent interview with The Ringer reporter Logan Murdock, he said that both the Thunder and Warriors should retire his jersey, and if he continues to perform the way he is today in the next 4 or 5 years, the Nets should also have his NBA jersey retired on their schedule.
Only two players in the history of the NBA have ever retired their jerseys in three teams, one is the omnipotent Chamberlain, whose jersey was retired in the Warriors, 76ers and Lakers at the same time; the other is “Pistol” Pete Maravich, whose jersey has been retired by the Hawks and Jazz he played for. Later, after the Hornets moved to New Orleans, also retired Maravich’s jersey, so as to close the distance with the New Orleans fans.
In fact, O’Neal is also eligible to have his jersey retired in 3 teams. He has now retired his jersey in the Lakers and the Heat, and the Magic is slow to move.
There are also 2 people who have the opportunity to retire their jerseys in 3 teams, one is James and the other is Durant. James, who led three different teams to the championship, has the opportunity to retire his jersey with the Cavaliers, Heat and Lakers, while Durant, who has now played for three teams, also has the opportunity to enjoy this honor.
After all, Durant is the first regular season MVP in Thunder (Supersonics) history and led the team to the Finals in 2012. In addition, he was a four-time scoring champion, a seven-time All-Star and a six-time Best XI selection in Russia. In the Warriors, Durant won 2 championships and was elected MVP of the finals 2 times. there is no doubt that he is eligible to retire his jersey in these 2 teams. The company is also eligible to retire its jerseys in the Nets if it can lead the Nets to their first NBA championship in team history.
Interestingly, not long after Durant said, “If the Thunder did not retire my jersey, it would be harmful to the development of basketball,” the Thunder held an official event to recruit a number of old players, during the Thunder general manager Presti said the Thunder welcome the return of old players, no matter how long they have played here will be appreciated.
Of course, the chances of the three young Thunder returning to the Russian city that year are slim, but Presti’s words still give a glimpse of the possibility of reconciliation between them and Durant. After all, Durant had a falling out with the Thunder after leaving in 2016. James also returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, but Durant refused to return to the Thunder.
There is no shortage of precedents for not being able to enjoy jersey retirement due to bad relationships with teams (like Garnett and the Timberwolves), so let’s hope Durant and the Thunder don’t make the same mistake. Can Durant retire his jersey with 3 teams?
Paul Millsap switches to No. 31 Jersey in Nets for 2021-22 season
September 19, 2021, after Millsap joined the Nets, the outside world has been announced jersey number 4, because in the past in the Hawks and Nuggets period, Millsap is wearing the number 4 jersey, so, logically, in the Nets will also wear the number 4 jersey.
For this reason, the Nets 2018 young player Jevon Carter volunteered to give up the No. 4 jersey, b season wearing No. 0 jersey, giving Millsap enough respect, but the latest news, jersey reporter Etienne Catalan sunshine Millsap’s new season jersey jersey, he will change to wear a No. 31 jersey.
Millsap changed to wear No. 31 NBA jersey in the new season, I have to say, this is a kind of reborn, 4-time All-Star player to open his career for the 16th season, and is the Nets so powerful team, natural hope for a change, can help the team to win the
As there is no championship for Millsap, this season joined the Nets, is the hope to be able to get a championship, so as to make their careers complete, last season in the Nuggets, with the growth of small Porter, Millsap’s playing time was reduced, and therefore, Millsap is a bit belittled.
So, Millsap chose to leave the Nuggets and averaged 20.8 minutes per game last season, averaging 9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Obviously, this is not the real level of Millsap, this season to join the Nets, Millsap will prove his treasure knife.
On October 17, 2013, before the Nets’ NBA preseason game against the Heat, the Nets officially retired the No. 5 jersey of the team’s former All-Star point guard and current team head coach Jason Kidd. Former Nets president Thorne attended Kidd’s NBA jersey retirement ceremony, where he highly praised the current Nets head coach.
Kidd’s former teammates Marshall and Kittles were also present at his jersey retirement ceremony, to which Kidd said with deep emotion, “I hope you guys understand that when my jersey goes up, I think our jerseys all go up together.”
Kidd spent six and a half valuable seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game for the team. In his first season with the Nets, he helped the team to a surprising 52-30 record. In total, Kidd played in 506 regular season games and 78 playoff games with the Nets. Under Kidd’s leadership, the Nets made team history by playing over a 50 percent winning percentage for six consecutive years, and with Kidd’s help, the Nets made the playoffs every time, including two trips to the finals.
Kidd’s No. 5 is the seventh jersey retired in Bucks history, with the previous retired numbers being: (No. 3) Drazen Petrovic, (No. 4) Wendell Rand, (No. 23) John Williams, (No. 25) Bill Melcioni, No. 32 (Julius Erving), and (No. 52) Buck Williams.
We all know that the NBA Hall of Fame has Jordan, Olajuwon, Barkley and so on these big names, it is clear that this institution is not just anyone can enter. And must be a great contribution to the cause of basketball, and the performance has to be very good people can have a seat here.
Of course this is not to say that as long as you get a few championships or MVP can enter, it is also visible that its gold content to be much higher than the retired jerseys or fifty superstars and such honors, in fact, somewhat similar to the Lifetime Achievement Award, and this honor is not only for players, like coaches, and some management people can enter. But even with such high requirements, there is a person who has only played in the league for four years and entered the Hall of Fame, in fact, it is very sad to say!
He is Petrovic, when he first started playing in Europe, once a game directly took more than a hundred points, don’t Kobe single game 81 points to be much more powerful, you can say he is also a very talented person! And at a young age has become famous, in the offensive side is very good, he is not because of good physical quality. Only because he has such a good offense, but because he has the ball control and singles ability is very horrible! Never impact the basket, but can create shots for himself by dribbling and changing the pace. The hitting percentage is statistically, surprisingly, over 60 percent. The three-point shooting rate is also around forty!
He was drafted in 1986 by the U.S. Trail Blazers low, but the Cold War had not yet ended, so he was hampered in the process of entering the NBA. His performance in the European game is very good, once on behalf of Croatia got the silver medal of the Olympic men’s basketball, also led Real Madrid all the way to the final, he these explosive performance also attracted the attention of many scouts, but because of the general environment is not good, he also has not gone.
In the 1992 Olympics he led the newly independent Croatia to play against the United States Dream Team, that era can be the golden generation! Sitting not only Johnson and very many legendary stars, even so he still took twenty-four points, scoring more than Jordan, but the overall strength of the team can not, lost the game!
At the time, athletes from almost every country were so bullish on the Dream Team that they went looking for their autographs after the game! But Lovic didn’t do that. He was a very proud man in his heart only he was the genius on the court, because of this he was also crazy on the court they were on the offense, non-stop in Jordan’s head of the score, although finally lost the game, but also let the opponent very admirable!
In 1989 the political environment shifted, he also joined the NBA Trail Blazers, but was not reused. He was then traded to the Nets the following year before he had a career breakout, getting a very large amount of playing time and averaging over twenty points per game! What’s even more rare is that he has a superb shooting percentage, all above 50 percent. He also brought the team to the playoff stage!
This has also won him the recognition of all the fans, and in less than a year, he has entered the first tier of the NBA rankings! Two years in a row of forty-five percent or more on three-pointers!
But the hero was short-lived, and he died in an accident on his way to visit his girlfriend in Munich in the same year! His number three team uniform was retired as a collection! By October ’02 this foreign player from Europe was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Conclusion: I think great people must be remembered, both for their performance on the field and for the spirit that has been passed down to them! Lovic carried the glory of Croatia on his back and made the world witness a short-lived spectacular performance that made people feel a little sad! But we should always remember that moment, when the political environment was so bad, it was he who made sports bring these countries together!