I think most here would be hesitant to make a decision based on information from Ken Rockwell. His analysis tends to reach very different conclusions on many Nikon cameras and lenses. Part of his goal is to drive traffic and entertain, and in doing so he takes extreme positions rather than those supported by facts. Sometimes his comments are on point - you just can't count on him as a reliable source.
The gear you are planning to buy looks like a very good kit. I'm sure with such a purchase you'll be able to get a lot of help from which ever vendor you choose.