What Kevin Durant and Other NBA Stars Can Learn from LeBron James’ Banner Year

December 4th, 2012 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
The past 12 months have been very good to LeBron James, something Kevin Durant and the rest of the NBA's top-tier stars make take note of.

In the last year, James has seen himself win an NBA title, league MVP, Olympic Gold and now Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year award for 2012.

Two years ago, when James had first announced on national television that he would be spurning the Cleveland Cavaliers in favor of the Miami Heat, none of us—including James himself—would have thought this possible.

With one swift decision, and in a matter of seconds, James became the most hated man in all of sports. From then on, everything changed—once again, including James himself.

After a year of playing and seemingly embracing the role of villain, LeBron turned everything around. He used 2012 as a vessel to get to greener pastures and a point where he was, at the very least, begrudgingly respected.

And now he's at that point—one that saw him lay claim to all of the aforementioned feats and transform himself as both a person and athlete.

All the while, LeBron became someone stars like Durant can come to ...

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