Daniels: KD, Klay Need To Be Careful As Free Agency Looms

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson want to three-peat, sure, but they can't have a serious injury before hitting free agency

Reiter Than You
June 04, 2019 - 9:40 pm
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The Golden State Warriors will be without Kevin Durant in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, and they could be without Klay Thompson, too.

If the Warriors are, indeed, without both superstars, can they beat the Raptors?

“Oh, man, that’s a lot,” NBA champion Antonio Daniels said on Reiter Than You. “To lose Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson? I know a lot of people were questioning when Durant was out by himself, and now you’re adding in Klay Thompson as well? I understand it’s just a hypothetical, but it’s a good discussion because you never know how Klay Thompson’s hamstring is going to respond. Hamstrings and groins are nothing to mess with, and the crazy thing is both these guys are free agents at the end of this year.”

That means they could make business decisions as the series continues.

“Yes, they want to win an NBA championship,” Daniels said. “Yes, they want to three-peat. I completely understand that. But the last thing you want to do is hurt yourself severely to the point of these injuries starting to carry over into next year – whether you’re in Golden State or not.”

With or without KD – or Klay – Daniels would have no problem if the Warriors won another NBA title.

“I can’t get bored with greatness,” he said. “I can’t. And the way that they play basketball, that’s why it’s tough to get bored. They play basketball the right way. This isn’t a team that’s playing one-on-one basketball and give the ball to one guy and get out of his way. They’re moving the basketball, they’re getting 30+ assists, they have three of the best shooters – if not the three best shooters – of all time on the same team, they have a very versatile 4-man in Draymond Green, one of the most dominant bigs in the game today in Boogie Cousins, and a guy who I also think could be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer in Andre Iguodala. How can you get bored with that? You don’t take greatness for granted.”

Click below to listen to Daniels’ interview in its entirety.