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  • looking at the top 10 players, According to ESPN.

  • Zen BA ranked player number six on the ranking is net superstar Kevin Durant.

  • KD making his return to the core after an 18 month layoff due to an Achilles rupture in his final game with the Warriors.

  • He's joined by Kyrie Irving is they try to bring a championship?

  • Tobie que Stephen A.

  • On a scale of 1 to 10.

  • How much pressure is on K D this season?

  • Honestly, speak.

  • You're gonna think I'm crazy.

  • I'm gonna give it about five.

  • I don't think there's that much pressure on K D at all.

  • Cady's got to show.

  • Listen, it's all about Cady's health.

  • Cady's health because he's coming off an Achilles, which is the worst injury you could come off as a basketball player.

  • That, to me buys him a little bit of latitude.

  • Now he can't go out and stick up the joint.

  • He can't come out of average 20 instead of 25 26 27.

  • I understand that, but I think that's where his obligation is going to lie.

  • Outside of that, I think Kyrie Irving and the kind of attention that he has brought to himself.

  • I think because of that that's a huge distraction, potentially for the Brooklyn Nets.

  • And I think when people look at K d, they're gonna be looking to see how healthy he is.

  • That's because they know what he could do if he's healthy.

  • In the case of Brooklyn, in terms of locker room cohesiveness, being together focused on the task at hand, etcetera, I think a lot of that attention and pressure is gonna be on the shoulders off Kyrie Irving.

  • That's the only reason that I threw out of five.

  • No, Well, um, someone might throw out of five for those reasons, but not you.

  • You are not allowed to do that because on this show, well, let me back up there.

  • I'll give him a nine.

  • I think he's facing nine in terms of pressure, because if he was healthy to be a 10, he came to media capital of the World, Brooklyn U.

  • S.

  • A.

  • With Kyrie Irving and they got them with and they got Laverty.

  • They got guys who can play.

  • I'd say a 10, but coming off an Achilles, I'll go down off that 10.

  • But there's a guy named Stephen a.

  • Smith who, on the most popular sports talk show in the country is talking about every time you turn around, Turn on first.

  • Take their Stephen A.

  • Smith.

  • Kevin Durant is 7 ft tall with a 76 wing span.

  • You know, he could average 25 in his sleep.

  • That's you saying that stuff and guess what?

  • As a result, people are expecting k d to come out and ball.

  • And if K D is averaging 25 minutes sleep and Kyrie is there, those other dudes air there.

  • Brooklyn has to do well.

  • Is there pressure on K D this season?

  • Yes, there is less than if you weren't there, saying you could average 25 minutes sleep in the Achilles Doesn't matter.

  • But you do have to factor that in.

  • I'm gonna say a nine, not a 10, because of the injury.

  • Cannot a five because of Stephen A.

  • Smith.

  • Okay, people, before you go on, Lee, let me at this point, I am zero.

  • I have zero concerns.

  • Zero that K D is gonna average at least 25 a game zero.

  • That's why I didn't even think about the pressure because everything else is on Kyrie to me, But go ahead.

  • Well, Stephen and I feel like you're getting soft today.

  • You get Kevin Durant a file.

  • I was gonna give him a 10, but since his injury, I'm gonna give him a nine with Max.

  • For the simple fact, not only did he go toe the bright lights, the big Apple, New York City, but he left a dynasty arguably the best team ever assembled.

  • He had everything he needed in Golden State, and you left them to prove to the world that Hey, I'm going to take my talents elsewhere and show you all that I could win without Steph Curry.

  • So with that being said, knowing that you were coming back off of injuries, you chose to go and team up with one of your besties, Kyrie Irving.

  • And I get that.

  • But now you have to deliver.

  • Especially in New York.

  • So I understand that Kevin Durant is coming off of Achilles injury.

  • I get it, But the pressure is still there.

  • The pressure is there for him to deliver.

  • The pressure is there for them.

  • Thio, at least get to the finals.

  • So the pressure is a nine for me, Steven.

  • Now you've been soft this morning.

  • Well, listen, first of all, I have the perfect excuse for being soft because I'm gonna be on General Hospital, which is a soap operas.

  • If it is any excuse to be soft, that would be it for this particular moment in time.

  • KP that's number one, but number two.

  • But that's as a gangster.

  • That's true.

  • That's true.

  • But But seriously, as a romantic lead your killer on that show, you know, you know they working?

  • They're working on that.

  • Stay tuned.

  • They working on that.

  • But number two, let me get to my other point here, OK?

  • I got a year to off k d playing like, for example, I think the pressure mounts to attend for the 2021 22 season.

  • Right now I think that people are gonna be looking to see what his health is like.

  • But outside of that, they're gonna look at Kyrie because of all that Kyrie hasn't tailed.

  • Just a couple of weeks ago we were all sitting here talking about Excuse me.

  • What kind of distraction is Kyrie going to be?

  • Is Kyrie going to get in the way of this team success blah, blah, blah you in the media capital world, you inviting this kind of scrutiny, these headlines, these distractions because of all of that, is why I diminished the level of pressure on K D for this year.

  • Outside of him having the show, he could still averaged 25 again, which I have zero doubt he will dio when we.

  • That's why I'm looking at it a little less when we say when we say pressure, the real question is pressure to go.

  • How far?

  • You know, If you tell me there's five, you know the pressure is on a five on K D.

  • If they lose in the first round of the playoffs.

  • No, they can't do that.

  • What we talk about pressure to get to the finals.

  • Maybe I'll go down to an eight or something like that because of what you just mentioned about Kyrie.

  • I think that's valid, but they have to make a playoff run year, one year, one.

  • These two guys have to make a playoff run because everyone acknowledges even off the Achilles best player on the team is K D.

  • It's his team, quite Kendrick.

  • Well, I mean Listen, Max, I have to disagree.

  • I have to disagree with you on this one.

  • For the simple fact Brooklyn has all the pieces When you look at them on paper, they got they got to certified centers in DeAndre, Jordan and, uh, and Alan.

  • They have Laverty who's who's a rising star in my they have done with it.

  • They have Joe Harris.

  • They have all the pieces of a championship team.

  • So So just make Yeah, but just he's one of the better shooters in in today's game, Max.

  • So, Yeah, you're right.

  • You're right.

  • They have everything that they need.

  • So for you to say just for them toe make a playoff run.

  • I can't honor that.

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