NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wasn’t exactly thrilled with Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors this summer, and Jerry West thinks it’s a case of “sour grapes” from the League office and the Dubs’ competitors.
West works as a consultant for the Warriors, and says he gave Silver a piece of his mind.
The Logo points out that free agency allows players to go wherever they please.
Per the TK Show (via CBS):
“It’s sour grapes,” West said. “We signed Shaquille O’Neal and it wasn’t as big an uproar as this. Listen, the owners make the rules. They negotiate with the players. And for them to say something like that, to me it’s wrong on their part. The commissioner said something like that and I called him about it. I told him I didn’t think the comment was fair. It’s not fair to Kevin. It’s not fair to the Warriors. It’s not fair to any team going forward who will sign a free agent of this stature.
“The players bargained for this. They have a chance to go play where they want to. I only wish I had that opportunity in my career and I’m sure a lot of other people felt the same way.”