Kevin Durant embarked on the biggest summer of his career with a life-altering decision to make, entering free agency for the first time in his nine years in the NBA. Just after he announced he’d be joining the Golden State Warriors, he wanted to get back on the hardwood as soon as possible, doing what he loves most. “I just want to play,” Durant told The Vertical just before the 2016 Olympics.
The response to athletes kneeling for the national anthem has been severe. Colin Kaepernick, who started the movement, said he has received death threats. The criticism about not respecting the anthem is a valid one, but that wasn't necessarily the point Kaepernick was trying to make.