This is America and we love a good underdog story, the old David vs. Goliath concept, especially in sports. It makes for good drama and it makes for good television. Now, it is hard to see LeBron, a three-time champion, as a underdog but he is. The Warriors team is ridiculously talented and there has been a constant debate or whether or not that is good for the NBA. Talent does not always equate to winning when you are dealing with great players and the NBA better hope this is true from an entertainment standpoint.
2) Durant’s Decision:
Kevin Durant irritated a lot of basketball aficionados with his decision to join the Warriors, which felt more like a “surrender” than a legitimate team up. This choice was very different from Lebron’s Miami decision because the Warriors had just ejected Durant’s Thunder from the playoffs a couple months before he signed. Despite on whether you support the choice or not you have to admit it was a startling choice to say the least--a choice that lacked the traditional competitive spirit. Instead of Durant licking his playoff wounds after his embarrassing collapse in the playoffs he was plotting to join his rivals.
1) LeBron vs Durant Attitudes:
Egos among athletes is nothing new and both these players definitely have huge ones. One thing that stands out differently is their treatment of the fan base. LeBron is well calculated and usually well mannered in his interviews, but Durant has come across as rather combative lately. His quote to the fans “ if you don’t like it, don’t watch it” was highly disrespectful and something that could have been handled a very different way. Durant must realize that the NBA is a product and he represents that, no fan support means no platform for him.
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