I’ve never been a huge fan of Kevin Durant. He’s one of the top basketball players on planet Earth, sure, but that doesn’t mean you have to like and/or root for the guy. He made a tough decision last year by leaving OKC to join the Warriors, the same Warriors team that beat OKC in the Western Conference Finals last year. It wasn’t a well accepted move by sports fans, but Durant never seemed to care. He wanted a championship, and he felt like he put enough time in Seattle/OKC and wanted to fast track that ring ceremony.
11 months later, he’s now an NBA champion and a Finals MVP. Nike had their KD commercial ready to go as soon as the game was over, and it’s a video filled with Durant’s critics over the years being silenced by his championship victory. This video reminds me of all the doubters that Dirk Nowitzki had in the lead up to his championship win (which was also against Lebron James). The big difference between Dirk and KD is that Dirk stayed put in Dallas and won his way, while KD had to go to the best team in the West to get it done. Whether you love him or you hate him, and whether you love or hated his decision to join Golden State, you will always have to refer to Kevin Durant as a champion.
P.S. For a different perspective on KD joining the Warriors, here’s comedian Neal Brennan:
Jeter and Nomar debuted in the major leagues around the same time. As a Red Sox fan, the excitement for Nomar was only comparable to the Yankees excitement for Jeter. They were both great players in their prime, and Nomar will be a hometown favorite for the rest of his life, but he never became anything close to Jeter. Jeter was everything you ever wanted in a franchise baseball player: a winner, a pro, a great defender and even better hitter who played one of the hardest positions in the game. This tip of the cap video is well done and more importantly, well deserved. Farwell to The Captain.