Kevin Durant: Even After Amazing FIBA World Championships, No Labels Please

September 29th, 2010 by Ben Teitelbaum Leave a reply »
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next…(fill in the blank). KEVIN DURANT!

Since leading Team USA to gold in the FIBA World Championship, Kevin Durant has gained many titles. Various sports journalists have dubbed him “the best player in the world,” “the modern prototype of a scorer,” and “the next Michael Jordan.”

One Sports Illustrated writer even anointed him the new “King of the NBA.”

All the buzz surrounding Durant is certainly deserved. But why do we have to label him? Why are we constantly looking for the next MJ?

There is nothing wrong with praising Durant’s game, predicting future accomplishments, or comparing him to other great players. But do we need specific labels?

I think this is actually a problem pervasive throughout society. For some reason, we seem to define everything in our lives. We need to know who our BFFs are, and Facebook broadcasts relationship statuses to the world. Even as kids, we are asked to determine our specific favorite colors or foods. (“What Billy?! You don’t know what your favorite color is? You ...

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