Jayson Tatum weighs in on Kevin Durant jersey retirement debate
The Golden State Warriors kick off the 2023-24 NBA season on opening night against the Phoenix Suns, an electrifying game featuring some of the league’s biggest stars.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will be the first pair of the season to face Devin Booker and Kevin Durant, with all four considered among the best shooters currently in the league.
The Warriors are lucky as they likely won’t see Bradley Beal as the Suns are cautious with the guard dealing with a back injury.
For all the star power on the court, the main storyline will be Durant’s return to the Bay Area.
Durant made the controversial decision to leave Golden State for the Brooklyn Nets, even though he led them to back-to-back NBA titles in 2017 and 2018.
His release left the question of whether or not the Warriors would retire Durant’s jersey, although Jayson Tatum made his opinion known on the matter via his Twitter account.
No question. 35, 30, 11, 23 and 9 all go in the rafters https://t.co/EgBVVbnafY
–Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) October 24, 2023
Tatum refers to Durant by his number 35, but he also names Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Curry and Thompson as players who should also have their jerseys raised in the rafters.
Curry will go down as the greatest player in franchise history, but Durant’s efforts to bring them multiple championships should be celebrated by the organization and its fans.
Ultimately, it seems likely that Golden State will do the right thing by Durant and honor him with a retired jersey whenever he decides to step away from basketball for good.
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