Weak minded Kevin Durant can’t succeed in the presence of Champions like Stephen Curry
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”- Holy Bible: Second Corinthians 6:14
Kevin Durant can’t lead the Golden State Warriors to an NBA championship. If the Golden State Warriors’ are going to make it back to the NBA finals they should really reconsider the role Durant will play.
This past summer Durant revealed to the world, that as a basketball player he is a insecure coward who is looking to cheat his way to an NBA title. How can a player as feeble as Durant, ever hope to fit in a hero’s stable with Curry.
Durant turns his back on Oklahoma City
Kevin Durant was the first overall pick in 2007. At 7’o tall, with a wingspan of 7’5, Durant has unbelievable scoring ability. Durant is a 50-40-90 player. Meaning he makes 50% from field goal range, 40% from 3-point, and 90% of field goals. Very few layers van acquire those statistics.
Durant is a outstanding talent who was on a amazing team as and a first class NBA organization, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
As a member of the Thunder, general manager lead by Sam Presti surrounded Durant with plenty of talent needed to win the NBA championship.
Year after year, Presti drafted players like point guard Russell Westbrook, power forward Serge Ibaka and guard James Harden. Presti had accumulated a collection of the best young talent in sports for Durant’s journey.
In June of 2012, it all seemed like it would work out for Durant and company. Durant lead his to all the way to the NBA finals, before stumbling to the Miami Heat.
Durant was not deterred because he knew someday soon he would lead his team to a championship.
After that series however, the team began to unravel around Durant.
In the summer following the NBA finals, James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets because he and the team failed to agree on a contract extension.
This was a big blow to the Thunder and Durant. Not only was Harden a vital piece to the OKC championship puzzle, but he improved a western conference rival immediately.
During the 2013-2014 season, injuries plagued the Thunder. Westbrook tore his right meniscus after a cheap shot by Rocket’s guard Patrick Beverly. He would miss the rest playoffs that year and a large portion of the following season.
In Westbrook’s absence Durant was able to lead the Thunder to much success but it was the playoff series loss to the Memphis Grizzlies immediately after Westbrook’s injury that damaged Durant reputation . The team lost the series 4-1.
It was the first time that Durant displayed the lack of mental fortitude to win an NBA championship.
In that series Durant was bullied by the Grizzles, he was shaken by the physical play style the team used. Durant, an ultra talented yet frail and skinny player was not physically or mentally tough enough to handle the challenge.
In the series verses the Grizzlies, Durant made only 24% of his field goals. In comparison, he shot 51% during the regular season.
Westbrook finally returned from injury in 2014 , but as a much improved player. Westbrook transformed from a weapon to help Durant, to Durant’s equal and the fans took notice. Westbrook became a crowd favorite, this made Durant incredibly jealous.
Durant missed most of the 2014-2015 season with a broken foot, and in his absence Westbrook flourished.
Westbrook became the NBA scoring champion and a FirstTeam All- NBA selection. Even though the team missed the playoffs, Westbrook revealed that he is a fighter that is willing to give tremendous effort to help his team win.
Unlike Durant who becomes fearful when faced with adversity, Westbrook sticks out his chest and fights back with the heart of a lion. Westbrook is a hero.
Durant returned the following year and the Thunder reached the Western Conference Finals to face Warriors. The team was ahead in the series 3-1, only to lose the series 4-3 .
It was a joint failure by Durant’s and Westbrook’s. However, Durant a true villain, blamed Westbrook for the team failing to reach the NBA finals. That’s why he made the decision to leave Oklahoma City for Oakland.
Durant signs with the Warriors
In true villain fashion Durant didn’t even give Westbrook the courtesy of telling him about his decision to his face.
Westbrook had a press conference on Aug 4, where he answered questions about how he learned about Durant signing with the Warriors.
“On the news, on the cellphones, the social media,” Westbrook said. “”I talked to Kevin early on in the process. But nothing after. Just a text message from him, that’s about it.”
Durant is so yellow, he couldn’t stomach telling his partner who he battled with for eight years to his face that he was leaving for a better opportunity.
Cowardliness not dastardly deeds is the mark of a true villain. Durant would have gained more respect if he would have kicked Westbrook in the face and thrown him through a glass window and then told him that he was leaving. Instead Durant displayed he had no guts and fled to a team that defeated his former team two months earlier.
Now Durant believes he can fit in with hero’s like Curry and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Durant believes he can overtake Curry’s role as the leader of the team, something he could not do in OKC in Westbrook’s presence.
“I feel really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form,” Durant said. “They make it about the players, they make it about the environment, so it was really an easy choice.”
Don’t be fooled, when he says selfless, he means people who will step aside so he can be the lone star.
That won’t happen. Villain’s are not brave enough to go on a hero’s journey.