For twenty seconds Kevin Durant hugged his parents as tears broke down slowly in his eyes. The Miami Heat had just won the 2012 NBA championship and the then 23-year old Durant couldn’t contain his emotions. The Oklahoma City thunders are just 3 games away in winning the NBA finals, but they all faltered to Miami’s big three in Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Durant attended four high schools, a year in Texas and Seattle. It was in Oklahoma City that he got the stability that he really wanted… the brotherhood and the bond. So losing the NBA finals has never been this painful and so immense.
Two has been a significant number in Kevin Durant’s life. In high school he was the second-best player. He was the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. He was the second to be voted MVP for three straight times and came in second to Miami in the 2012 finals. And for years he came in second to NBA’s best player Lebron James.
For a point in time this has got to stop.
Playing in the Western Conference finals now against the defending champs the Golden State Warriors. Kevin and the Thunders are poised to win the series with just one game left. The Warriors cloak of invincibility was systematically and dramatically destroyed. OKC was playing with fierce and anger, matching GSW’s speed and skills. Current NBA MVP, Stephen Curry was taken out piece by piece as the series move to Oracle Arena for a possible end to the series. One game and one last push, Kevin will have another date with destiny. This time nobody is going to stop him. He had been a real student of the game, pushing statistics on sweet spots he will be shooting and getting all his teammates involved.
Five games before Kevin Durant can finally win his NBA championship. Four years he waited for his second chance.
Did I say two is a significant number for him?