The Kevin Durant / Adam Silver Memo

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Note: Everything you are about to read is a true story that never happened.

In a stunning, earth-shattering, bombshellian revelation, someone within Kevin Durant’s camp has leaked a memo detailing a conversation Durant had with NBA commissioner Adam Silver following the Golden State Warriors’ 118-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The win put the Warriors one win away from a perfect post-season run, potentially making the 2017 NBA Playoffs the least competitive playoffs in recent memory.

It’s no secret that the NBA will not be pleased if the Warriors sweep the Cavaliers on Friday night, not to mention the millions of dollars in lost in revenue for both cities that will miss out on games. The future of the NBA could be in dire straits if these Warriors stay together for years to come. Facing the prospect of dwindling ratings, reduced fan interest, and a general sense of malaise, Adam Silver has apparently reached out to Kevin Durant to help with the NBA’s interest.

In the memo, it mentions that Silver met with Durant at his team’s hotel shortly after 1am. Silver, wearing something akin to a Jedi’s robe, began by saying, “‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this sweep go, to letting LeBron James win Game 4. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go. We need this series to go at least five games. What you did at the end of Game 3 was just mean”

Durant replied only that “LeBron is a good guy” and added “I did not say I would ‘let this sweep go’”.

“Regardless,” Durant goes on to say, “it was very concerning, given Silver’s role as the commissioner of the NBA.”

The former NBA MVP also described Silver’s efforts to question Durant’s loyalty to the league.

To take it as Durant described, Silver waved his right arm slowly from side to side saying, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty”

Durant didn’t move, speak or change any facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. Durant only replied, “you will always get my best effort, every game.” Silver responded, “that’s what I want. Effort and loyalty.”

Durant also said he was not on anybody’s side, except Golden State’s, and could not be counted on to win favors for the league if it didn’t help his team.

There is little doubt that Silver is facing a crisis within the NBA. The Warriors are threatening to take over a league they seem far and away better than the next closest team.

Dismantling their closest adversary that features the best basketball player in the world does not bold well for the future of the league in seasons to come. There is top-heavy, and then there is Golden State. The Warriors feature two MVPs, four All-Stars and perhaps three of the top shooters in the league to go along with a stifling defense. It is no wonder Silver is getting desperate.

However, a league spokesman for the NBA said that the Silver should feel vindicated that his attempt to lure Durant into throwing a game failed and that his test confirmed that no one in the NBA is cheating.

“The commissioner feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda of making this a competitive league. Sometime soon. After Durant and Steph Curry retire, anyway.”

Whatever went down on that early morning rendezvous between Durant and Silver, keep your eye on what happens in Game 4. We’ll see where Kevin Durant’s loyalty lies. Or, we’ll just get a glimpse of the next five years of the NBA.

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John Stupak is a senior writer for Oregon Sports News since 2014. John has followed Oregon sports for nearly 30 years. He is a life-long Portland Trail Blazers fan and has had the privilege of covering the Portland Thorns of the NWSL. Along with everything sports, he is fan of movies and of quality television (sorry CBS) in his spare time. John has a beautiful wife, Amanda, along with one soccer-loving, intelligent, and artistic daughter. John is an electrical tech designer by day and a writer by nights and weekends. You can follow John and all his musings on Twitter (@Stupak77).

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