Former Texas A&M Football star Myles Garrett said Kevin Durant “broke the league”

Myles Garrett, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /

Former Texas A&M football star Myles Garrett claimed Kevin Durant “broke the league” when he joined the Golden State Warriors.

Myles Garrett is not shy of the spotlight. The former Texas A&M football star was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after being one of the most sought-after recruits of the 2014 class.

Garret has lived up to the hype so far in the NFL, although in limited playing time as an injury shortened his rookie season. He will look to turn around the Cleveland Browns this season, who just went through one of the two winless seasons in NFL history.

MG is also a fan of the NBA, and on the heels of the Golden State Warriors winning back-to-back titles and their third in four seasons, he had some choice words for Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

“KD broke the league” he said in an interview with Cleveland radio station 92.3 The Fan.

This is quite the popular opinion these days. The Warriors seemingly got through the tough Western Conference without breaking a sweat, save for a seven-game showdown with the Houston Rockets that needed Andre Iguodala to get hurt for the Rockets to have a puncher’s chance, and made quick work of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, sweeping the series in four games.

Durant won his second ring and second Finals MVP in as many seasons since joining the 73-9 Warriors team that failed to win a title.

In Garrett’s mind, KD took the easy way out.

"“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out in my mind,” Garrett said. “It’s different when LeBron left. He went to [Miami to join] Wade and Bosh but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. [James] had to gel and work things into place.”"

I might quibble with Garrett a little on that Miami point. Yes, the Heat were not an established historically great team, but they weren’t scrubs either. The Heat won 47 games and added maybe the second greatest player ever and another 11-time All Star.

Plus, the point about “gelling” is relevant for any team that adds a high-profile player. The Warriors added Durant who had played iso ball for most of his career. The team he was joining may have gelled before he got there, but they still had to figure out how to let Durant get his touches and everyone else sacrifice a little of their own.

Still, that’s nit picking Garrett’s bigger point at best, which is true. KD absolutely took the easy way out. He removed the competition from the Western Conference, and a year later Kyrie Irving removed any chance of competition in the Finals by forcing a trade (Boston may compete with the Warriors if everyone is healthy in 2019, but that’s a big if).

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It remains to be seen what will happen in the summer of 2018. But it has become clear you need a super team to have any chance of winning a championship, and that started when KD joined the Warriors.

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