After losing Kevin Durant in the free hand to Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets, The Golden State Warriors announced Monday that Durant's # 35 shirt is effectively being phased out As long as Joe Lacob has control of the team:
It is worth noting that they have retired the jersey of a retiring man took a Kerjillion Dollar rebate on his possibly long-term Contract to leave Golden State and team up with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.
Retirement of the jersey of An active player who has only been with your team for three seasons is an unusual move. But part of it must be blame and gratitude for exactly how Durant's time in Golden State ended. The Achilles injury sustained by Durant in the final seems to have been in a vulnerable state, at least as a result of Durant's return to court when recovering from a calf injury in the playoff division round. This looks like a really bad "ups" for the Warriors, and Durant could have exercised his player option for next season, get stuck in the Golden State, and get paid by the Warriors for $ 31 million to rehabilitate his leg before he could next summer has the free hand. Not only did he save them those expenses, he also put the nets on the hook to see if a 32-year-old post-crabmeat Durant is still worth a damn. History shows that the Warriors are lucky enough not to be the team that plays this game of chance. Of all the warriors must be grateful for, Durant may have saved them from themselves.
If nothing else, warriors will be forced to retire many jerseys. Durant was there for three years, winning two titles and two final MVPs. Andre Iguodala was there six seasons, winning three titles and a final MVP, as an integral part of this entire era of Warriors Dominance. Iguodala was traded to the Grizzlies over the weekend to facilitate the acquisition of D'Angelo Russell. Now that Iguodala is a former warrior, the team will most certainly announce the resignation of his number nine jersey.