Fate really has its way of telling us it isn’t our time yet. Many times, we do not have all the answers to why things happen. However, we all have to undergo the process, as everything goes through a cycle.
As LeBron James celebrated his first-ever NBA championship, right across was Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, their heads down as they struggled to fight the tears from setting in.
It has been a magical season for them, and all they wanted was a Cinderella ending. Durant was supposed to lead them to the promised land, but fate again intervened.
Two failed championships, “The decision” and the whole city of Cleveland that despised him. LeBron had to go from rock-bottom in order to succeed. He went through it all, embracing the villain role because he wasn’t given any liberty to choose. He could have won a championship in Cleveland, where his career started.
Michael Jordan had to undergo playoff losses before capturing his first ring, Kobe Bryant had to spend more time on the bench while he was still a rookie, and Paul Pierce had to withstand a losing season before winning a championship.
LeBron jumped ship to Miami, hoping to get his first championship but came up with a rude awakening after losing another championship round against the Dallas Mavericks.
One thing for sure—there is no easy pass…even if you are dubbed the king.
For years, LeBron has been going up and down with different identities. He was the next Michael Jordan, or the next Magic Johnson or Irving Johnson. But we all know LeBron is a different entity.
He was the hybrid superstar that is built like a football player and is programmed to conquer Mount Naismith from the moment he touches the ball. He can score whenever he wants to, he can guard players from different positions, he passes and he can play in the post if he wants to. LeBron is on a different level.
What he needs is his equal nemesis, just like Magic’s Larry Bird or Bill Russell’s Wilt Chamberlain.
Kevin Durant rightfully fits the bill—the lanky 6’9″ forward who is the current NBA scoring champion. Durant came from the San Antonio Spurs’ blueprint—one superstar surrounded with a good supporting cast, putting up all the right pieces to the puzzle.
Kevin can score and defend, and he embodies the perfect Tim Duncan 2.0—he has the skills and the humility.
LeBron needs Durant. He needs an equally talented player who can really push him to the limit.
So once again, fate has joined two superstars, two contrasting figures that have been pitted against each other for one common goal. This should be a good rivalry.
I get the feeling we’ll see another Miami and OKC encounter—not once, not twice, not three times…
Article also submitted on my bleacher account