Durant chose to be different in an industry that thinks the same, he decided to break the familiar mold and forge his own destiny. His desire for a championship was greater than his desire to please people. So what that Jordan or Bird would never do what he did--he wasn’t them. So what that fans that he never will meet would call him noncompetitive, he knew that he was still a competitor and he proved it with his amazing effort in the NBA Finals. The NBA has a history of players missing out on championships because of their pride but Durant is cut from a different cloth.
2) Talk Fades--Rings Don’t:
The negative comments about Durant’s move to rival Golden State will eventually fade if he continues to win championships. In sports, winning is the cure all for most athletes. LeBron’s Miami decision backlash has faded mostly because of his third championship in 2016. On a more serious note, look at Kobe Bryant and his infamous sexual assault case, it became a long forgotten memory after he brought more championships to L.A. So Durant is smart in the sense that he understands that the negative backlash will fade with his success.
1) Finals MVP:
Durant did join a 73-win team and his former rival but when he arrived to Oakland he more than pulled his weight on the team. This definitely wasn’t a case of him riding the coattails of MVP Steph Curry; he became the best player on the squad and the Finals MVP award is a symbol of that feat. If he would of had a poor NBA Finals--then critics could make a “riding coattail” argument but he did indeed dominate with 30-point plus performances in all the games played.