Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hasn’t gotten over the Cavaliers being swept in the NBA Finals.
Garrett pulled no punches when talking about Kevin Durant, star of the Golden State Warriors and NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.
“KD broke the league,” Garrett said on “The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima” on 92.3 The Fan.
Durant signed with the Warriors in 2016 after Golden State had been to two straight Finals, the second one a seven-game loss to the Cavs and LeBron James.
”If I were him, I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” Garrett said. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a ‘W.’ But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and the cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”
Garrett was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in 2017 out of Texas A&M. Durant was the No. 2 pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 out of Texas.
“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out, in my mind,” Garrett said, differentiating from when James left the Cavs to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. “It’s different when LeBron left. He went to 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.
“With KD, you just stick him in and he scores. You already knew what they had. They were 73-9 before and you put the second-best player in the world on an already all-time great team and, of course, you’re going to have success, and pretty easy success. Anyone can have an off night and they can still find a way to win.”
Garrett knows about the NBA. His brother Sean Williams was the No. 17 pick of the New Jersey Nets in 2007.
Garrett has an idea to fix the issue of super teams dominating the NBA.
“Hard caps, got to,” Garrett said of the salary cap.
He realizes James paved the way for Durant to team up with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
“He kind of did. I guess he caused his own demise, but at the end of the day I’d rather see hard caps,” Garrett said. “It focuses more on team play, being able to have chemistry instead of getting the big player and who’s going to change the game. You can get a couple of guys like Boston, who didn’t have their two star players and yet they went to the Eastern Conference finals because they all gave a collective effort. Everybody pitched in and were almost successful.”