Kevin Durant vs. LeBron in NBA Finals changed Stephen A.‘s mind about KD | First Take

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith says while he might have been the hardest on Kevin Durant's decision to join the Golden State Warriors, he doesn't believe that Kevin Durant's career will have an asterisk attached to it for joining the Warriors.
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  • Marsha Jenkins
    Marsha Jenkins 20 days ago

    I love that
    White dude keep it one hundred kd will never be good like LeBron

  • jeremy king
    jeremy king 23 days ago

    Man, it's really hard to take Steven A serious when he talks like this.

    BHHH TFGG Month ago

    Lebron had all those screen . kd dont need that .

  • Macanthony Onyirimba
    Macanthony Onyirimba 2 months ago

    Who the fuck wants to be a Knick’s player lmao

  • M.O.U records
    M.O.U records 3 months ago +1

    Today's my birthday

  • Pedro Gilli
    Pedro Gilli 3 months ago

    Max is sharp on this one...

  • Jaytee SSE
    Jaytee SSE 4 months ago

    Lebron didn’t join the team that beat him nor the team that went to the finals to years inna row b4 and he didn’t join ah 73 win team just to beat somebody he couldn’t beat on his own team

  • Wyatt McCabe
    Wyatt McCabe 4 months ago

    Oh yeah yeah

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  • DOnONe733
    DOnONe733 4 months ago

    Kd is my guy but damn max has a point

  • Donna Morgan
    Donna Morgan 4 months ago

    Max needs to be banned from making sports references before 1973, the year he was born. 🤣. My goodness, we get it, you're smart, you did some research 🙄

  • John Johns
    John Johns 4 months ago +1

    Stephen A. Made no sense at all smh...and it's pathetic that he talked all that shit about kd when he went to GS and now he's dick sucking??? WTF.. He is a fool..lay off the weeedah stephen

  • The Modern Day Gamer
    The Modern Day Gamer 4 months ago

    KD is over rated. Not even in the top 5 best players in the league now

  • Cordele Brandon Jr
    Cordele Brandon Jr 4 months ago

    People are so HYPOCRITICAL If Durant and the Warriors would have LOST in the Finals then everybody would have bashed Durant and not acknowledge or disregard his previous accomplishments and accolades, yet, now that he's won along with the Warriors, for some reason it doesn't matter. . . . . . . . . .while he's playing against other PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS. For one, folks gotta stop acting like a stacked team is an automatic CHAMPIONSHIP RING. Yes the Warriors won, but that doesn't mean that it was guaranteed. I'm a Warriors fan. . . . . .A REAL Warriors fan, not a bandwagoner. And as much as I like to see the Warriors win, they still have a chance of losing like every other team, even with what most people would consider an all star roster. Even if they or any team for that matter, had an all star roster, they still need to have a team system, player to player cohesion, and communication. Victories don't come by accident, and loses don't either. Every professional athlete in the NBA (and outside) take account for their own victories and their own failures. Stop acting like an MVP, a championship team, or a high caliber player are considered on another level just because they are. . . . . . . .and start respecting the things you don't see - the hard work, early morning wake ups, long individual and team practices, and workout routines - which all fall into the essence of the game, the things of what you do see. Professionals don't make excuses, fans do.

  • Orlando Franqui
    Orlando Franqui 4 months ago

    Lebron promised a ring to Cleveland. Let that sink in...he delivered! Can KD promise and deliver something like that?

  • Cameron Nebraska
    Cameron Nebraska 4 months ago

    Bron just isnt that good

  • Cameron Nebraska
    Cameron Nebraska 4 months ago

    Full of shit! How many players from the 73-9 team were traded to get KD?
    LeBron can team up n make super teams but nobody else? I see
    So u gonna put a * by Ray Allen,KG,Paul Pierce? Wade, Bosch, Bron?
    Bron,Kyrie, Love?
    Bird,Mchale, Parish, Walton?
    Zeke, Rodman, Dumars, Vinny,Lambeer?
    Yall full of shit.
    Yall think cause Kevin Durant better than alot of players that yall have say over his decisions?

  • Telle 90
    Telle 90 4 months ago

    Max just ate stephon up Whn KD joined GS we all kne they win whn LBJ joined Miami we just kne they had a good shot

  • Hal Ginute
    Hal Ginute 4 months ago

    Curry > KD

  • Tyler Hartsell
    Tyler Hartsell 4 months ago

    It was an extremely weak move that he went there, however just looking at his talent and how clutch he is and pure scoring he is a top 10 player of all time imo.

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      Lebron started this superteam stuff

  • Derrick Everhart
    Derrick Everhart 4 months ago

    It's comical reading all the asshurt delusional bronsexuals rant about how KD's rings have no meaning, he had to Join bla blah, all-stars, wah wah wah... You all are why I rejoice with every finals lebron loses. You condone him abandoning Cleveland & joining two other prime all-stars to get his first ring, praise his nutsack for chasing stars and talent for years... For riding and then down playing Kyrie who hit the game winner to bring Cleveland their only chip.. a player who takes all the glory when he wins... And shifts Blame when he loses.. promised to bring Miami 7+ championships only to turn around and swallow that hard pill and leave when he realized he couldn't deliver. And you at home you tube analysts hang from his sack Everytime ESPN places it on a plate in front of you. The "best player" in the world has been swept not once but twice in the finals now.... One with a team that he himself hand picked. Stop making excuses for that grown nigga and hold that L from last year just like he do. I know deep down Them game 3 daggers from KD took y'all souls.. I can still feel the cringe in the air from that dagger in Brons face. And there's nothing you can do about it. It hurts.... I know.

  • dujuan ringle
    dujuan ringle 4 months ago

    Lebron over rated kd better is steph better than prime wade.... no... yall hate kd

  • Papi XO
    Papi XO 4 months ago

    Stephen A just be saying shit now

  • trebledc
    trebledc 4 months ago

    So fkn! lebron is ok to go anywhere to get rings and KD cannot. That so stupid. Old players are just jealous becuz they did not get paid the like of today and get rich with rings. KD networth $170m plus 2 rings with nike contract and LBj networth $400m plus 3 rings with lifetime contract with nike. Who cares man just get the rings and mvps then get the money from Nike. Dumb ass your rings cannot feed your family look at kareem garage selling his stuffs.

  • yaone benni
    yaone benni 4 months ago

    Gets easier shots because of other 3 all stars in his team

  • James23
    James23 4 months ago

    Completely agree with max, KD no respect

  • Leo Howard
    Leo Howard 4 months ago

    Lebron didn’t leave Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams 😂😂

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      yea even worst Lebron left his hometown twice smh

  • Leo Howard
    Leo Howard 4 months ago

    I hate espn analysts they never keep the same energy😂😂

  • Ted _
    Ted _ 4 months ago

    KD a bitch

  • Kelvyn Doolan
    Kelvyn Doolan 4 months ago

    But wouldn't lebron deserve an astric beside his name? Bar miamis rings he only has 1? Im not hating i just dont get it? How can you say one is THE greatest and the other isn't even a great. Because of a move when they really did a similar move.. don't come at me with you 73 win shit excuses. Im not interested in the comparisons thats why i said it was similar not the same. But it was still a weak ass move for Lebron who got 2 championships from it just like Durant has? Anybody who thinks durants don't count has to take Lebrons from his too simple. I think they are both great players but they both only have as much championships cz they formed superteams

  • Vernon Chinn
    Vernon Chinn 4 months ago

    Durant got curry draymon Thompson an the still not number 1 in the west

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      bro we all know warriors go 3peat, dey wasn't #1 in West last season n wat Happened?? swept Cleveland lmfaoooo

  • Vernon Chinn
    Vernon Chinn 4 months ago

    Durant never going back

  • tintman831
    tintman831 4 months ago

    Max should shut the fuck up

  • John mac
    John mac 4 months ago

    What the fuck is this stimulus package the cavs had

  • Casey Hodgson
    Casey Hodgson 4 months ago

    Max is so right it isn't funny, and Stephen A I can't believe all it took was an angry mom to make you flip sides smh

  • Casey Hodgson
    Casey Hodgson 4 months ago

    I give Steph Klay and draymond way more credit then kd

    • Casey Hodgson
      Casey Hodgson 4 months ago

      +Juwan Dunbar you realize this gsw without kd or cousins went 73-9 right ??? Technically the best team in comparison to the rest of there league in history. You get that right???

    • Casey Hodgson
      Casey Hodgson 4 months ago

      +Juwan Dunbar right and they lost to Duncan Parker ginolbli and kahwi, and won 2 outta 3 when bosh isn't top 12 or even 50 your kidding yourself ray Allen was a shell of himself stats worst of his career including his rookie year and dwade is 3rd greatest sg sure but not when he was with lbj u moron that was 6yrs before they met up he sealed that legacy. Ibjs team was stacked I agree for that period of time but dosent compare to this gsw

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      why Lebron cudnt 3peat with superteam Miami?? they had 3rd best sg Eva(dwade) rite afta mj n kobe, they had top 12 of ever (bosh) n hall of famer/ 3rd best shooter EVER (Ray Allen) n anotha all star (rashard Lewis)

    • Casey Hodgson
      Casey Hodgson 4 months ago

      +Juwan Dunbar kds squad = best center best pg 2nd best sg and then draymond is top 10 pf

    • Casey Hodgson
      Casey Hodgson 4 months ago

      +Juwan Dunbar u dumbass, kd has 4 other all stars

  • Denzel Adams
    Denzel Adams 4 months ago +1

    Honestly Bron snapped on the whole warriors team in the finals. Self ally oops and all but he just couldnt beat them by himself. Yall to quick to forget this man less then a year ago destroyed toronto basically by his self in playoffs. Kd aint it

  • Mac Banks
    Mac Banks 4 months ago

    Lebron fans are so pathetic. KD has become the scapegoat for all the Lebron excuse makers. Lebron never won without another superstar. He clearly saw what happened without Kyrie on Cavs and he left the Heat after their primes were over. Now he went to a young laker team and is already working on changing the smite team. KDs rings will always count and he has TWO. You sheeps need to wake up. Complaining won’t make the league better

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      ikr n makes Lebron looks terrible, ya claim Lebron the Goat but wen I ask how come he didn't win last 2 finals they use the kd joining 73-9 team EXCUSE lmao, if 2004 pistons with no superstar beat 3 superstars (Shaq, Kobe n Karl Malone) in 2004 finals den what's Lebron EXCUSE? especially in 2017 finals with 2 stars Kyrie n klove n a deep bench full of starters ( deron Williams, Kyle KORVER, #1 pick Richard Jefferson, #2 pick Derrick Williams) # no excuse

  • Nick Fatahiyar
    Nick Fatahiyar 4 months ago

    An asterick?

  • Daryl Vergara
    Daryl Vergara 4 months ago

    Warriors will not have won the last 2 rings without KD tho

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      they wuda still won as long splash bros, Draymond n Iggy are healthy n no petty suspensions lol

  • Inquisitve m
    Inquisitve m 4 months ago

    KD's play doesn't deserve an asterisk, but his rings do deserve an asterisk.

  • Mr Goode
    Mr Goode 4 months ago

    I would never take nothing away from Kevin Durant he is a magnificent player but what Max said is very true every team LeBron goes to becomes a finals contender he submitted LeBron‘s legacy LeBron is that guy that people want to beat

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      3-6 finals record n swept twice in finals is pathetic, n outta 9 finals LBJ had 6 superteams, how he lose 3 finals with a superteam. that's like saying kd warriors losing in finals

  • Julio Dinsmore
    Julio Dinsmore 4 months ago

    Get over it kd is the man

  • Can't Beat The BAY!
    Can't Beat The BAY! 4 months ago +1

    Honestly, REAL Warriors fans love this guy.. but we are LOYAL TO OUR SOIL! We don't let people tell us we can't, and we hate when people sit on the fence. Sure, we'd love to keep KD, but REAL Warriors fans would rather keep Klay+Dray than Kevin.... I'm just sayin' for all you bandwagon goons out there. He's our family for life. Once a Warrior -- always a Warrior. But you gotta stick with something at some point. When Draymond called him out, he was really just saying what everyone was thinking.
    please; attack.

  • Wyly37
    Wyly37 4 months ago

    Bron bitches need to quit.....bron did it and joined the top 2 guard and pf in the league......thats ok....refs and nba cheat so bron can win title in cleveland....thats ok.....GS recruit the bron killer KD ...cause if the league cheated for bron to beat a 73 win one stands a now that KD is beating labih ass left and right....every shitbag wants to put an asterisk by his name....gtfoh

  • Andre Terrell
    Andre Terrell 4 months ago

    If y’all mad at bron creating “super team” be mad at Boston for having the big 4 lmaooo fuccin idiots

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep 4 months ago +1

    SAS is so compromised. He needs access to these players so he'll never slam them.....Unless you're Kwame Brown

  • Armed 3 Dangerous
    Armed 3 Dangerous 4 months ago

    If Lebron didn’t have Kyrie Or if kyrie didn’t make that shot lebron wouldn’t be in discussion right now, his win from kyrie carrying him is the only real thing people can say and when they say it they don’t even care to mention kyrie

    • The Darkfrost
      The Darkfrost 4 months ago

      Omarii Forte Kyrie wasn’t taking Cleveland to the finals without LeBron 😂😂. Kyrie didn’t carry LeBron, why do you think he left? Kyrie left because he got tired of being the second option, the baby, ect.

  • Seán Radcliffe
    Seán Radcliffe 4 months ago

    His game is easier at Golden state in every way

  • ronron gee
    ronron gee 4 months ago

    Golden State Warriors 2019 NBA Champion

  • ronron gee
    ronron gee 4 months ago

    Matt Frazier shut Up Your Knicks Is Garbage Garbage and Weak
    Shut up
    Better Place of Winning Is Golden State Warriors. Durant Golden State Warriors

  • ronron gee
    ronron gee 4 months ago

    Golden State Warriors 2019 NBA Champion

  • ronron gee
    ronron gee 4 months ago

    Durant Warriors

  • ronron gee
    ronron gee 4 months ago

    Kevin Durant is a Warrior
    NBA Champion

  • ronron gee
    ronron gee 4 months ago

    Kevin Durant is Staying with Golden State Warriors Because of Winning NBA Champion

  • Lonnie Dawkins Jr.
    Lonnie Dawkins Jr. 4 months ago

    When I stayed in atlanta, these kids I shot ball with predicted KD was going to Golden State and that was 2012. If they did know someone that knew KD

  • Kang MufasaRed
    Kang MufasaRed 4 months ago

    Nosensical debate. Defining greatness by championships, is like celebrating chocolate frosting, without mentioning the chocolate cake.

  • vincent aballe
    vincent aballe 4 months ago

    kd is the best player in the planet...lebron second

    • The Darkfrost
      The Darkfrost 4 months ago

      vincent aballe 😂😂. Thanks bro I needed a laugh

  • WRed Phil1001
    WRed Phil1001 4 months ago

    Didn't like kd's move but he did go directly at lebron in the finals

  • louis ayala
    louis ayala 4 months ago

    The problem with giving KD credit for this is that the warriors were going to win anyway. The Cavs were lucky when draymond was suspended. If you put LeBron on the warriors and KD on the Cavs these past two years, the warriors would be as good and the Cavs wouldn’t be in the finals.

  • Trav Mangoo
    Trav Mangoo 4 months ago

    Everybody says.... that was a 73 win team... did y’all forget... they still loss!!!! They needed KD to win

    • The Darkfrost
      The Darkfrost 4 months ago

      Trav Mangoo exactly. They were terrified of LeBron, Klay even said he was scared that LeBron was gonna come up behind him on a fast break and embarrass him.

  • Keyronday
    Keyronday 4 months ago

    KD ain't shit

  • pj duque
    pj duque 4 months ago

    Sthu he is a cupcake...NO RESPECT THERE.
    It’s easy to join a 73 win and a team that won a championship prior to you.
    Obviously there is no pressure on you, you’re just riding them dudes all you did was guarantee them a championship. The worst is you joined A TEAM WHO BEAT YOU. Stop with lebum joining the heat, the heat isn’t a championship caliber team prior to joining. Max is right here.
    Durant will always be an asterisk, until he proves he can win by himself. Seeing how he plays now i think he is on the decline mark my words on this one.

  • junior ochoa
    junior ochoa 4 months ago

    Stfu man. No one was saying "yeah kd is as good as lebron, lebron just has a super team" back then when kd had a self sabotaging russ.

  • junior ochoa
    junior ochoa 4 months ago

    Lets not forget teams were much weaker when lebron went to miami.

  • gator1
    gator1 4 months ago

    Max shut up, lebron James career has been full of weak moves to get rings are you serious. Kevin Durant you and Stephen Curry are the Real Kings of the court not LeBron.

    • The Darkfrost
      The Darkfrost 4 months ago

      gator1 shut your bitch ass up. You obviously just follow Warriors Instagram page and think uk a lot about basketball

  • Richard Rojas
    Richard Rojas 4 months ago

    Anyone in here been watching James Harden do shit never done before ?

  • Chad Davis
    Chad Davis 4 months ago

    It was warriors vs Lebron James

  • Jose Martinez
    Jose Martinez 4 months ago

    KD did take the easy way out but it's his decision. Lebron does it too but he teams up instead of just joining a super team. No matter if you hate it or not just respect it and move on.

    • Juwan Dunbar
      Juwan Dunbar 4 months ago

      Miami heat was a superteam wen bosh came to

  • nick jones
    nick jones 4 months ago

    At first I agreed with SAS..... then max went and he made a damn good point 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • SlimeTyme Ent.
    SlimeTyme Ent. 4 months ago

    Everybody in comment cock riders🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

  • Oran Ramati
    Oran Ramati 4 months ago

    KD is an amazing player but is achivments with GS probably wont be remamberd like lebron win with cavs or MJ, just because the team is spectacular (steph, klay, drai) so it feels less unique and he isnt "the" leader of the group.

  • Red Demon
    Red Demon 4 months ago

    I’m a LeBron fan & even I said when KD joined the warriors,I said the man still gotta perform and yea people might not like the fact he went to the same team that literally EMBARRASSED him a month or two? (Forgot which) prior,he still has to do his part and while he has 3 other star players,he could also be a liability and the super team could not work. People act like he ain’t doing his part,he stepped up highly these past two finals and I congratulate him,I’ve always liked KD 💯

  • Marco Warren
    Marco Warren 4 months ago

    KD's rings mean Lebron fans.

  • daniel aligbasia
    daniel aligbasia 4 months ago

    Stepehen A point is valid there shouldn't be a "*" beside his name but beside his rings this is because of the point he made his game didn't change or get worst he's still efficient still averaging 28 a game people disrespect his whole game bc of his move dnt disrespect his game disrespect the move he made you guys act like females get over it now

  • Bruno Dantas
    Bruno Dantas 4 months ago +1

    Stephen A is a joke. 😂😂😂😂😂

  • LB Goon
    LB Goon 4 months ago

    This is why KD will never be better den Lebron or be close 2 Lebron cuz wen he was up 3-1 On GS KD bitch ass couldn’t do it Lebron was down on GS & not only dat they just beat da bulls record & Lebron brought a ship home to Cleveland

  • Craig Comrie
    Craig Comrie 4 months ago

    Kd rings are the equivalent of losing your virginity to a prostitute

  • Jaystarski
    Jaystarski 4 months ago

    A 73 - 9 team that lost the Finals. So the warriors got help like any other team would. Ok KD move was weak but nothing compares to LeBron teaming up with 2 franchise top 10 players in Miami.

  • dieselshug
    dieselshug 4 months ago

    Facts, I will not respect KDs rings till he does it the way a real NBA legend does it. Not jumping on the easiest wagon in league history. LeBron joining Wade and Bosh was not a lock to win and we seen that. We all knew that.

  • Dom Daniel
    Dom Daniel 4 months ago

    Like you said Stephen A he had WAYYYYYYY MORE HELP THAN Bron

  • Thomaz Brasil/China
    Thomaz Brasil/China 4 months ago

    Max destroyed SAS

    CUPA STARR 4 months ago

    Wtf he had to have help to beat him

  • Jojo Viray
    Jojo Viray 4 months ago

    Molly is so hot.

  • YeazyNation
    YeazyNation 4 months ago

    Kd outplayed lebron last 2 finals

  • Safayat Khan
    Safayat Khan 4 months ago

    My mans max telling em how it is

  • Dashawn Warren
    Dashawn Warren 4 months ago

    People forget that KD went to the finals in OKC and he balled out . His team just lost lol

  • Joshua Mckoy
    Joshua Mckoy 4 months ago

    max shut Stephen A tf up 😂😂😂

  • King Math
    King Math 4 months ago

    Same mufuckahs on here talking about kd,but two of lebrons punk ass rings by d wade!! No difference!!

  • Pharoah Zero
    Pharoah Zero 4 months ago +1

    *@ll you h@ve to do **#KD** is w@it @nd join **#Z1on** in Phoenix/New York le@d them to one ch@mpionship @nd then **#Z1on** will t@ke it from there*

  • Joel PROCTOR
    Joel PROCTOR 4 months ago

    What is Stephen A even arguing?

  • Kris W130
    Kris W130 4 months ago

    A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN. STOP CRYING. My team is the NY Knicks. They're losers. KD IS A WINNER!

  • Obadiah Tucker
    Obadiah Tucker 4 months ago

    Stephen A. Smith - You are Dumb as fuck. Kevin Durant was and still is riding the Warriors coat tale. Since Curry, Klay (the best 3 point shooters and back court), Iggy and Draymond has KD's back every damned game, of course he can go right at Lebron in the Finals. Lebron still had to try to stop Curry and KD while expending loads of energy as the Point Guard, scoring and rebounding.

  • Clout_Chasing Azz
    Clout_Chasing Azz 4 months ago

    He was too good of a player to jump to a team, u had down 3-1. 1 game away from moving on! Had he went anywhere else he still could have competed for a title, but he felt if u cant beat'em join'em😞

  • MrKimonster12
    MrKimonster12 4 months ago

    I respected him more when he was in okc than who he is now. Sorry but not sorry

  • Ryan Nichols
    Ryan Nichols 4 months ago

    Max max max. Stop hating.

  • Edwin Mariano
    Edwin Mariano 4 months ago

    Put asterisk on Magic teaming with Kareem.
    Put asterisk on LeChoke of always building a super team to win rings.
    Put asterisk on Kobe and O'neal ring together.
    LeChoke fanboys are hating because of KD's move cost their beloved LeTravel two rings and pileup more finals losses.

  • Javon Williams
    Javon Williams 4 months ago

    Molly’s exiting point 👌🏾

  • Slackerz Sincity
    Slackerz Sincity 4 months ago

    Kevin not a dawg like that, Westbrook punk d him. That was Durant’s team.

  • Goku MGTOW
    Goku MGTOW 4 months ago

    I'm with Stephen a Smith on this KD a legend to me