Like LeBron Before Him, Kevin Durant Shows NBA That Power Is with the Players

July 5th, 2016 by David Aldridge Leave a reply »

It's LeBron James' league until further notice.

The Savior of Northeast Ohio delivered a championship to Cleveland—perhaps you heard—last month. But LeBron James did more than win his third NBA championship by coming back to beat the Golden State Warriors. 

In doing so, he cemented his legacy—not of winning, but of how today's generation of star players will try to defeat him going forward.

By laying down the blueprint of how to put a superteam together, Shawn Carter-style, and winning titles with two franchises, James begat Kevin Durant's path to the Bay Area.

So close to winning it all with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant chose instead to join his on-court enemies (announced via the Players' Tribune), nWo-style, shattering the Thunder's idyllic rise to a league power since moving to Oklahoma City.

You can rail against the optics of Durant going to play with his vanquishers. But the trend is not changing. It is what players of this age have done since they jumped from one Amateur Athletic Union team to another, like a bee hopping from one pollen-filled flower t ...

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