Jeff Van Gundy returns to The Vertical Podcast
Jeff Van Gundy joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast to discuss the seismic Kevin Durant free agency move to the Golden State Warriors. Van Gundy and Woj talk about the impact on the Warriors, the NBA and the Thunder --- and what it says about Durant and the league. They compare Durant’s move with LeBron James’ to the Miami Heat, and the ramifications for the league to have a powerhouse that likely has no peer. They also talk about what OKC should do next --- consider trading Russell Westbrook or not – and what would be possible destinations and packages. They also talk about the influx of money in summer free agency, and how that’ll impact teams and locker rooms next season. Here are some key moments: 2:00: Van Gundy’s reaction to Durant signing with the Warriors. 2:30: How the perception of greatness influenced Durant’s decision. 4:23: How the Warriors compare to the Miami Heat’s Big Three teams. 8:25: The tough position the Thunder are in moving forward. 10:46: Draymond Green’s unselfishness in recruiting Durant. 13:49: The draw of big markets to star players like Durant. 16:16: If he doesn’t commit long term, should the Thunder trade Russell Westbrook? 22:05: Van Gundy tells a revealing story of Westbrook’s close relationship with the Oklahoma City community. 23:36: Westbrook’s competitive mindset and his small circle. 28:38: If Durant returned, would Thunder have been title contenders this season? 31:24: The impact of the inflated contracts signed this summer. 36:49: The importance of teams showing restraint in free agency.
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About The Show
Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with The Woj Pod. Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sport – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.