When the consensus number one player is Lebron James, Kevin Durant is undoubtedly his closest nemesis. For all KD’s career he was always, the second best his whole life. He was the second best scorer in high school, He came in second in the NBA draft, second in MVP voting three times and came second in the NBA finals way back in 2012.
Nobody remembers the number 2 player. Nobody even remembers the runner up to an NBA championship. Kevin is just tired… tired of losing and tired of the pain that haunts him every day. No matter how he tries to be at his best in the hard court, Lebron is always raising the bar.
The NBA history is littered with Superstars who languished the second fiddle role. From Charles Barkley, Karl Malone to Reggie Miller they all lurked in Michael Jordan’s shadow. KD needed to take a risk and took a page of Lebron’s book to get him back into contention. It would take years before OKC could get back to the finals and so he abandoned the Thunders and signed with the Warriors. It was a bold and selfish move, but it was something KD had thought about repeatedly. If Lebron abandoned Cleveland early in his career to form a super team in Miami, why can’t KD do something similar?
While Lebron is winning championships, you have to wonder how Kevin stays sane given James encompassing dominance throughout the years.
Five years Kevin Durant waited for this moment. This time he is bringing a differently cavalry. Another shot at redemption, another shot for a championship and another opportunity to go against Lebron.
Kevin Durant is hell bent in winning this one. Somehow, all that pain and frustrations can be a formidably motivating force. This is more than basketball itself.
KD has a score to settle.