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What Had Happened Was: 7/5/16

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GAME. BLOUSES.

Nearly a full day later and it’s still just as hard to believe: One of the most explosive offensive teams any of us has ever seen is adding Kevin Durant.

It’s such an enormous power move — as Dwyane Wade conceded — that it’s difficult to isolate the most ridiculous fact about this team now. Not only does the roster feature the NBA MVP from the last three seasons (Durant won in 2014 and Stephen Curry in 2015 and 2016), it includes the NBA scoring leader from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (Durant: 2010-12, 2014; Curry: 2016). There have been just four players in NBA history that have averaged 22 points a game or more with at least a 60 percent true shooting percentage. Two of the four? Curry and Durant.

There will still be growing pains, though they may be small. This team will be even shorter than last season’s and it will be without pieces like Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes so it might take a minute for everything to look right. Still, as ESPN’s Zach Lowe pointed out on Monday, elite shooting always makes new pieces fit together, better and faster, and this might be the best shooting team in NBA history.

One can call this an “easy” move for Durant, teaming up with the guys who won more regular-season games last season than any squad ever, but it’s hard to call this anything but bold and brave. It’s the move most likely to get him yelled at, after all.

Durant has never really cared for media criticism, anyway. Plus Durant has changed the math with this move in one fell swoop. He’s not trying to win a couple rings and be in the discussion with LeBron James for the title of best player of this generation. He’s trying to win fistfuls of rings and enter into a different discussion: Best team of all time. The “Showtime Lakers” and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls are what this team is actually coming for.

And we can’t wait.


SOCIAL STATUS


BLESSINGS!

Another milestone for tennis great, Serena Williams, as she won her 300th Grand Slam match this weekend at Wimbledon.

Additional blessings to the man of the hour, Durant, as rapper Lil B, aka “The BasedGod,” lifted his curse on him after Durant decided to sign with the Warriors. He may now cook in peace.


FOR THE CULTURE

Several cast members of Orange is the New Black, including Samira Wiley, partook in pride weekend.

On July 11, Bleacher Report is releasing a documentary called Vick on the career of NFL quarterback Michael Vick and how his actions on and off the field changed the way people perceived him.

The Washington Post wrote an article about the worst Islamic State group attack in days, which many people seem to care less about.

Rio de Janeiro can’t catch a break. Reports from multiple outlets describe the poor conditions in the city, with The New York Times opining that the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics is an “unnatural disaster.”

Africa is going the opposite direction of the United Kingdom and its Brexit decision, instead trying to establish an all-Africa passport.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles returned home for the Fourth of July celebration and threw out the first pitch at the Houston Astros home game on Sunday.


TOP THREE TWEETS

Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?

1. GET THAT MESS OUTTA HERE

2. THE FORBIDDEN TEAM

3. WELP


#ICYMI

Our man Marc J. Spears examined the message Curry and the Warriors pitched to Durant to lure him over:

The Warriors’ meeting with Durant lasted about two hours with the “main pitch” being winning championships together, Green said. Green added that he felt very good about that meeting since the vibe in the room was perfect with the right mix of voices. Even so, Curry apparently felt it necessary to send Durant a message hours after the meeting Friday night to reassure him about his commitment to “Strength In Numbers” and unselfishness. According to a person who saw the text messages, Curry told Durant in a text message that he could care less about who is the face of the franchise, who gets the most recognition or who sells the most shoes (Curry is with Under Armor, Durant with Nike). The two-time NBA MVP also told Durant that if Durant won the MVP award again he would be in the front row of the press conference clapping for him. In closing, Curry’s message to Durant was that all he truly cared about was winning championships and he’d like to do that as his teammate.


PICTURE PERFECT

Russell Westbrook, on the other hand, is … not.

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Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.