Armstrong: "Without Question" Durant Could Stay

If you think Kevin Durant to the Knicks is a foregone conclusion, B.J. Armstrong has two words for you: Dan Marino

Tiki and Tierney
February 14, 2019 - 6:33 pm

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Despite speculation that Kevin Durant will sign with the Knicks this offseason, B.J. Armstrong – who also happens to be Draymond Green’s agent – believes that KD, Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson could still be teammates a couple of years from now.

"Without question,” Armstrong said on Tiki & Tierney. "When you win and you win the way they've won – this has been a tremendous run that they've had. They've been able to do it since day one together. Those three – Klay, Draymond and Steph – they were all drafted there. So they are clearly the foundation of the success, this group that they've put together. Steve Kerr wasn't there from day one. Certainly he's a phenomenal coach, and they didn't win their first one until he came on board.

"So without question (they could still be teammates),” Armstrong continued. “That group just works. This is such a unique team because Draymond may not be the best player on the team; he may not be the second-best player or the third-best player. But what he does for that team with that group fits them. That is the most unique thing because normally the best player is the most vocal player. He probably polices the team, and we look at him as the clear leader. The leader of that group is Draymond Green, but Draymond Green isn't the best player on the team. But it works for that group.”

Green is averaging just 7.0 points per game this season, but he leads the team in rebounds (7.6), assists (7.3), and steals (1.6). Besides, with Curry (28.6 points per game), Durant (27.6) and Thompson (21.9) all scoring at a high clip, the Warriors (41-16) have more than enough firepower to win their fourth title in five years.

"I think you got to let this play out,” Armstrong said. ”This group understands team, they understand dynamics, they understand their roles and most importantly, they're very, very professional. I think that's what's allowed them to win. When it's time to play between those lines, this group really, really has an understanding. I think it's incredible what they've been able to do."

As for those who think Durant to New York is a foregone conclusion, Armstrong isn’t so sure.

“I’m sure all the people in New York would love to have KD play there,” he said. “He’s a wonderful talent, no doubt about it. But when you get a taste of winning – and winning at the highest level – that’s something you don’t want to let go of as an athlete. I go back to Dan Marino. He gets to the Super Bowl early in his career and he never gets back. You never, ever want to take those opportunities for granted. ‘Oh, yeah, I can do it somewhere else.’ It just doesn’t happen. That’s a special group. Hopefully he’ll have many more times to experience it, but when it’s over, it’s over.”