Kevin Durant stays. Baker Mayfield begins.
What do Brooklyn Nets celebrity Kevin Durant and Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield have in widespread? Since information broke that Durant and the Nets is not going to half methods, and Baker would be the Week 1 starter for the Panthers over Sam Darnold, Skip Bayless drew a significant comparability between the 2 polarizing athletes.
On this week’s episode of “The Skip Bayless Present,” Bayless asserted that Durant and Mayfield have one massive commonality: They each simply bought all-time humbled by their respective leagues.
“As a lot as I really like me some KD and Baker as gamers, I discover each of them onerous to love off the court docket and off the sector. KD is the thinnest-skinned celebrity I’ve ever carefully noticed. Baker turned insufferably filled with himself earlier than he’d actually confirmed something.”
The Nets’ two-month deadlock with Durant ended this week with the celebrity folding his hand and withdrawing his commerce request, a transfer that Bayless thinks made Durant seem like much less of a celebrity than he actually is.
“Nets proprietor Joe Tsai made Kevin Durant look silly,” Bayless stated. “He simply stood as much as 7-foot-tall Kevin Durant and advised him, ‘No, sorry, you’re not going to ultimatum your approach out of Brooklyn. I’m going to carry your toes to this fireplace. I’m not going to fireside Sean Marks or Steve Nash. You, Kyrie [Irving] and Ben Simmons are going to win a championship for the Brooklyn Nets.'”
Equally, Bayless stated that Mayfield bought his comeuppance by means of Deshaun Watson hitting the open market.
“Reportedly, the Browns wished an ‘grownup’ at quarterback,” Bayless stated. “They didn’t suppose Baker Mayfield certified, in order that they plunged on Deshaun and Baker’s pleasure took a plunge into the depths of humility.”
But this newfound humility shared between the 2 athletes is the precise motive Durant and Mayfield are each primed to have their career-best seasons, Bayless asserted.
After Durant failed to steer the Nets to a single playoff win this previous postseason — taking pictures simply 39.4% from the ground in a first-round sequence sweep by the Celtics — doubt swirled about his capability to hold a crew in his post-Golden State period. However Bayless believes the Nets’ refusal to concede to Durant will set him up for a significant comeback this season.
“Kevin Durant is turning into an grownup,” he stated. “He was subconsciously in search of someone to face as much as him. Joe Tsai did that. I believe Kevin Durant is poised for a monster yr. This crew ought to be favored to win all of it.”
For Mayfield, after the previous No. 1 total decide ended Cleveland’s 26-year playoff victory drought, he struggled to an 8-9 report final season with 17 landing passes and 13 interceptions, all whereas nursing a torn labrum on his non-throwing shoulder.
Mayfield admitted he felt “disrespected” when his time in Cleveland got here to an finish after the Browns traded for Watson, and Bayless believes a contemporary begin in Carolina will put the chip again onto the shoulder of the previous Texas Tech walk-on.
“Baker is again to being a hopeless underdog in Carolina,” Bayless stated. “I like it. I really like this crew’s possibilities. I consider the Carolina Panthers are destined to make the playoffs this yr as a result of Baker Mayfield is again to doing what he does finest: stunning the world. The Panthers have a humbled grownup at quarterback.”
Mayfield’s potential redemption season begins Week 1 in Carolina in opposition to his former Browns crew, a sport he admits has added private that means for him. In the meantime, Durant and the Nets avoiding a breakup means his title chase with out Steph Curry & Co. will proceed this fall in Brooklyn.
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