Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes and senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill discuss Brooklyn’s top duo and how their chemistry will have to mold throughout their first season on the court together.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Can you have a guy whose personality is that flighty, that up and down, that, you know what I'm saying, moment to moment, minute to minute, like, and that's the guy that's setting the tone for your team? And how long is it going to be before KD tells Kyrie to sit his ass down somewhere?
CHRIS HAYNES: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, to me, they've looked really good, man. Offensively, you know, they didn't play a lot together, but from what we've seen, Kevin Durant looks like if he's not all the way there yet, he's pretty damn close. What have you been able to see thus far?
VINCENT GOODWILL: Man, I think Kevin Durant is the best player in basketball if he's healthy.
CHRIS HAYNES: Whoo!
VINCENT GOODWILL: Let me say this again-- the best player in basketball, if he is 100%.
CHRIS HAYNES: Damn. You said with your chest.
VINCENT GOODWILL: I thought that before he got hurt.
CHRIS HAYNES: OK.
VINCENT GOODWILL: I thought he had--
CHRIS HAYNES: He did, too.
VINCENT GOODWILL: I thought he had passed LeBron. I didn't-- he didn't need the Golden State thing, in my mind, to pass LeBron. But once he got that extra little seasoning, I was like, oh, he's there now. He got it. I think he's been that, and I think we've been slow to acknowledge it. Now, the Kyrie thing-- now, you tell me, Chris. You have been around a lot of weird brothers in your day.
CHRIS HAYNES: [LAUGHS]
VINCENT GOODWILL: As have I. I done seen dudes, been around dudes who have had some herbs around them, shall we say. I will say, that is not my thing of choice. But whatever, to each his own, right? So how do you walk into your ex's house, you know what I'm saying, putting sage and everything around there? How disrespectful is that? You gonna do that for every road game? And how long is it going to be before KD tells Kyrie to sit his ass down somewhere?
CHRIS HAYNES: As far as the human dynamic with him and KD, they seem real close, really close. And they've already formed this nickname, 7-11. So hopefully him and KD can, you know, show some maturity together and do some good things--
VINCENT GOODWILL: But here's my question, Chris. Kyrie's in charge, right? Because it seems like that team is following Kyrie. Not he's the best player, not that he's, quote unquote, "the leader." But he seems to be the one exerting his level of strength in terms of personality on that team. You know what I mean? I'm not saying he's the leader, I'm saying he's in charge, or at least he likes to believe that he is in charge.
Can you have a guy whose personality is that flighty, that up and down, that, you know what I'm saying, moment to moment, minute to minute, like, and that's the guy that's setting the tone for your team? Can you have that and be not just a good team or a great team, but a championship team? You know what I mean? With somebody like that.
CHRIS HAYNES: I get what you're saying, and he's in charge just by the way, just how he's talking about leadership and showing the guys the ropes. I understand that, but Steve Nash is KD's guy. You know, that's KD's guy, point blank. Period. So I think the franchise knows who's-- I guess the marquee name is, for this team. But no, I mean, Kyrie, he has some say and rightfully so. But you know, I don't know, like, KD's never been a talkative guy.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Right.
CHRIS HAYNES: He's never been the guy that's going to be in there and just voice his opinion. He's not going to be the mouth. I think Ky is more comfortable being the mouth, and it's funny because he doesn't like to be the mouth outside of playing.