Antonio Brown and Kevin Durant are both joining new teams in 2019. But it was when Durant signed with his former team, the Golden State Warriors, that has drawn a comparison to the recent move Brown made in joining the New England Patriots.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke about the two players and the impact they bring in their respective sports.
“I mean, the brotha’s all world,” Stephen A. Smith told Power 105’s The Breakfast Club on Thursday about Antonio Brown while also discussing his affiliation with his alumni, Winston-Salem State, a Historically Black College University.
“He’s one of the top two receivers in all of football. He’s a future Hall of Famer, one of the greatest receivers we’ve seen … and I think with him, it’s unfair. It’s the equivalent of Durant with the Warriors. It’s a foregone conclusion to me that the Patriots are going to win it all barring injury.”
Brown was released by the Raiders prior to Week 1 and then signed with the Patriots shortly after.
Antonio Brown Accused of Sexual Assault
Antonio Brown has been accused of three incidents of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018 with his former trainer, Britney Taylor. The accusations came in a federal lawsuit filed by Taylor on Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.
The Patriots released a statement on the lawsuit filed against Brown.
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives. We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstances does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
Kevin Durant, Warriors & Shift in NBA Landscape
“Maybe his heart is out of Golden State,” NBA writer, Steve Kyler told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast right before Durant signed with the Nets this summer.
The Warriors got All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, via a sign-and-trade.
The Warriors re-signed Draymond Green and Kevon Looney to new deals. The Dubs traded Andre Iguodala, their 2015 NBA Finals MVP away to add cap space and it is believed that Klay Thompson will miss most of next season while recovering from a torn ACL.
One constant that has remained in the Warriors’ stable is Steph Curry.
With career averages of 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest, Steph Curry is entering his tenth NBA season with the Warriors this coming season. Some assume that the Los Angeles Clippers have the advantage in the NBA’s Western Conference this coming season after signing Kawhi Leonard and trading to get Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder.