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In postseason history on the way to earning NBA Finals MVP honors

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    Somebody, anybody, please express your understanding and approval of Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors. After Durant helped Golden State to its second championship in three years and put on one of the most statistically dominant performances in postseason history on the way to earning NBA Finals MVP honors, it's painfully evident that he still covets your embrace more than a year later. Durant's new documentary, "Still KD," produced by Nike and released via his YouTube channel Wednesday, is a 35-minute pity party. Granted, at its essence, it's a promotional tool, Buy NBA Live Coins but there's absolutely no objectivity, making the project more of a 2,100-second personal ad (Who ever doubted he's a nice guy?), starring Durant, than a tale of struggle, conflict and triumph. It includes endorsements from nearly his entire support system, including his mother, former Texas coach Rick Barnes, former Thunder coach Scott Brooks, Golden State GM Bob Myers, and assistant coach Steve Nash.Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about: Durant is under the impression people think he didn't work as hard this past season: "I worked tirelessly, bro.

    It's easy to discredit somebody when you don't see the work when you only just look at the wins and losses or the missed shots, made shots. It don't matter. It matters what you don't see. That's the stuff that matter. That's what the kids need to know." That sounds well and good, but the NBA, like any other industry, is results-based. I'm sure the dudes on the Nets stay in the gym too, but no one cares because they went 20-62. FILM SESSION: Nick Young can make the Warriors even better"I feel like I been getting bullied all year," Durant said before repeating some of his common critiques. "I took the easy way out. I don't deserve anything. I took the easy way out'. Easy. That s— pisses me off because I ain't never had no easy route." Helping the Warriors win a title might not have been "easy," but if we're keeping it eight more than 92, there are reasons he didn't sign with the Celtics or even meet with his hometown Wizards last summer.

    I doubt seriously that Nike would've invested the cash it took to make the film, or that Durant would've given the crew behind-the-scenes access, if the Warriors weren't 5-1 favorites to win the title last year. The campaigning for compassion gets even worse later in the documentary. "I think people get the idea that he made his decision, then on July 4 (2016, when Durant announced his intentions to join the Warriors), he was like, 'Bring out the Ace of Spades. Let's pop champagne. I'm going to Golden State,'" Durant's agent Rich Kleiman said. "I mean, it was the opposite. His July 4 barbecue didn't exist. Like, there was no celebration. He was in more pain, making that decision, than anybody because that was the opposite of what he had done his whole life, which was make sure that everybody was happy." Aww. Poor KD. VECENIE: Grading the biggest offseason signings so farIt's all so, so unnecessary.Most reasonable people (with the exception of die-hard OKC fans) can see why Durant took his immense talents to the Yay Area.

    It made perfect business and basketball sense. Who wouldn't want to go to the most successful firm in their field, one where the personnel, culture and infrastructure maximizes their abilities now and optimizes their opportunities as an entrepreneur in the future? And who wouldn't want to head to the sun and switches of California's Silicon Valley after living the majority of their 20s in Oklahoma? And while many might acknowledge all that, it doesn't change the other facts. He still left OKC for Golden State, a team he had down 3-1 in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, a team that had already won a title and a record 73 games without him, a team that already had three All-Stars, including a two-time MVP. Heck, they went 21-4, including 2-0 in the playoffs, in 2016-17 without him.

    Durant's teammate Draymond Green, a Nike athlete, who notably didn't make an appearance, told the former MVP that the Warriors only needed him for the finals. He's simply got to get over wanting everyone to love him. That doesn't mean wearing the proverbial black hat and playing the role of some villain that it's not in his makeup to be. But life is going to good for him to live it overly-concerned with the opinons of NBA Live Mobile Coins people with whom he'll likely never come in contact with in any significant way. Durant, the most uniquely gifted offensive player the game has ever seen, didn't think he could beat the Warriors. So, he joined them. He'll always be a champ, and some will always be critical of him for doing so. At 28, that, along with those million-plus dollar direct deposits every two weeks, is something he has to accept because no one's shedding any tears of sympathy for him.