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  • Do you think K D actually deserves more blame for his own fate?

  • Katie is 100% responsible for his own fate.

  • The Warriors applied pressure.

  • I didn't like it.

  • The media applied pressure I didn't like it.

  • May be teammates did.

  • I don't like that.

  • Remember I said, I give you tomorrow's news today.

  • I came into this series saying it could be a six game Syriza getting closed out in Game six after going into Game four.

  • Theo going into going into Game four.

  • I told you, the road team wins out so far.

  • Two consecutive road team wins.

  • I believe the third one's coming up.

  • I also told you I sat on this set the day before the injury and said Katie shouldn't play.

  • He should.

  • He is risking catastrophic injury to his likely to affect the rest of his career.

  • And then it happened.

  • So I understand that that the doctors are saying it's a calf, not Achilles, even though it looked like an Achilles at time.

  • But okay, it's a calf, but now it's the Achilles.

  • But what was I hit city?

  • I'm not a doctor, and yet it made sense to me that looks like an Achilles.

  • If it's a calf, the calf bone seems to me to be connected to the Achilles bones.

  • Careful, Katie.

  • And then it happened now, so I'm sympathetic to all that.

  • But in the end, the reason I'm sitting here saying Katie don't do it is because it's on him.

  • You decide.

  • You have to deal with the pressure, you decide your own face.

  • And beyond that, when I was a kid, I didn't understand what taking responsibility really met.

  • I used to hear while you're responsible for everything that happens to you and I thought, Well, hold up, hold up.

  • Unlucky stuff happens all the time.

  • How's that My fault?

  • It doesn't mean it's your fault.

  • It means it's happening to you.

  • No one else is taking responsibility for it.

  • This is your life.

  • And in Katie's case, this was his decision.

  • Look, a TKO.

  • I lettered Kawhi Leonard with more pressure.

  • The great Gregg Popovich parading out guys like Tony Parker that the most esteemed organization right, telling Kawai he should come back and play exerting pressure Co.

  • I said, Check this out.

  • Try this.

  • Trade me.

  • I know my leg hurts and you guys are doing trade me, Didn't talk in the media, didn't do anything.

  • You know what he did?

  • He's in the finals right now.

  • That's what Kawai did.

  • He didn't succumb to that pressure.

  • Que de did.

  • Do I feel bad from?

  • Yes, I do.

  • But it is.

  • It's not just it.

  • Does he deserve more blame?

  • It is 100% the choices.

  • He makes his responsibility.

  • He is a grown man.

  • It's his responsibility for the question.

  • Listen, I don't disagree with you that it's his responsibility.

  • I just don't want to hear the word blame because that has such a strong negative connotation.

  • And I don't believe that.

  • First of all, let's go.

  • Let's go down a list.

  • Number one.

  • I've had doctors that have nothing to do with the NBA, called me yesterday and said that's happened.

  • Plenty of people before they didn't have a calf injury.

  • It could have happened to him, no matter what, you know, the bottom line is, is that one has nothing to do with the other.

  • I don't believe that, but that's what they say, and I'm no doctor, so I'm going to defer to them.

  • Number two.

  • When we talk about K d.

  • Let's understand something here.

  • A citizens of sports fans.

  • We're gonna have to make a buy minds about something because we could talk about Kevin Durant being responsible.

  • We want to.

  • But let's cut out with the negativity in this regard is his life is his career.

  • This man.

  • He could have made it easy decision.

  • Let me ask everybody rhetorically.

  • That is, How would you have felt about decisions?

  • Well, I'm Kevin Ran, and I've collected over $300 million in my career.

  • I got a player option that's gonna pay me 31 a half $1,000,000 if I don't do anything.

  • If I don't do anything but lay at home and chill and watch soap operas and each crunch Berries, I'm still getting a minimum of 31 a half $1,000,000 next year by the waist.

  • Oh, by the way, there's at least 27 28 other teams that I could say to them.

  • I'm gonna be out for the entire 2019 2020 season, and they still going to give me max dollars in excess of $150 million.

  • So guess what I could have sat back and did nothing.

  • I could have sat back and said, I don't need this.

  • I'm straight.

  • I want to play ball in the future.

  • What did he do?

  • It's a championship.

  • It's a championship on the line And let me address your point about Kawai Lenin because I'm not taking anything away from Kawai, Lenin, Kawai, Leonard don't have much to say.

  • He's the cyborg.

  • No emotion, etcetera, etcetera.

  • Here's what I don't like about the comparison.

  • Kawai Leonard played nine games last year.

  • What was taught what what was speculated about him was a season long adventure.

  • Kevin Durant was available all year long.

  • He was available first round, second round against Houston.

  • 1st 5 games.

  • He was there.

  • So you're talking about an opportunity to win a championship and a guy that is one of the elite ball.

  • It's on the planet Earth.

  • Watching the cyborg run roughshod over the Golden State Warriors, watching the cyborg be talked about by Max Kellerman and others.

  • He's the best in the world.

  • Is it possible that even though he's not 100% this brother is looking at Steph?

  • He's looking at play, he said.

  • Would media we was smoked these brothers 31 down.

  • Watch me come back and smoke these brothers because he didn't come on the court in Game five and tried to fit in immediately, he started drilling threes immediately.

  • He was like, Guess who's here?

  • That to me has Bola written all over it.

  • And to me, I'm like, OK, you got hurt.

  • But the bottom line is, don't knock it for making that decision at all, because that's what champions are made out.

  • OK, I agree with that.

  • We're saying who's to blame for his fate?

  • I'm saying we could use the wear blame or or whose responsibility is it a possibility?

  • Right, but fate.

  • But the blame doesn't.

  • I'm not just saying that because he got hurt.

  • That is a bad thing.

  • That's his choice.

  • Remember when I was I am waves and whether he should play or not.

  • And I said, It depends what Zion Williamson's heart.

  • No one should make that decision for him.

  • If it were me, I'd be like, I'm not risking that, but that's not him.

  • He did, and I would have.

  • And if he's healthy, you don't quit on your team for the season.

  • you came to find national Williams and echoed what you had to say that hit.

  • But had he had he not had he had another point of view that have been all right with me?

  • This is what I'm saying about Katie.

  • He had an acute injury, you say?

  • Well, Kawai was not the only available for nine games.

  • Cady had an acute injury.

  • At that point, he was jeopardizing his health.

  • And and when he's watching Kwai get all the accolades right, he's hearing that it's and witnessing that.

  • The reason Kawai is in a position to do it is because he didn't let the pressure effect him.

  • In a way where he buckled, he caved and then jeopardized the rest of his career.

Do you think K D actually deserves more blame for his own fate?

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KD should've taken a page out of Kawhi's book and refused to play - Max Kellerman | First Take

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/02
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