This is something a lot of people are talking about lately, myself included. Not just didn’t Kevin Durant handle his business entirely different from LeBron, but the Thunder in general are handling things entirely different from the new team of destiny, the Heat. I’d write 1,000 words on it, but Shoals sums it all up pretty darn nicely.
What I’m thinking now is what this means for the rest of the league. Yes, we know, this team will be the prohibitive favorite to win rings for years to come, especially with role players lining up to play for sheckles. It might well destroy the competitive balance of the league. But to get more specific, this changes everything for Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Let’s start with the Thunder, if only because enough digital ink was spilled yesterday in praise of Kevin Durant’s modesty-in-extension. As one friend pointed out, while Durant may be totally genuine, we’re not that far away from him being held up, sickeningly so, as a counter-Bron, a model for all that our kids should aspire to even as James tries to bankroll their futures.
But this idea isn’t new. If James has been known to disappear and lacks a murder-setting — one popular criticism — the smaller, less physically-gifted KD lives and dies by the game’s outcome. Keep Reading…