Above is the tweet that Kevin Durant sent out, letting the world know that he was indeed staying in Oklahoma City, signing an extension before he became a free agent after next season. There was no build up, no press conference, no public meetings, no hour-long TV special. In that tweet, I think we learned why regardless of whom they play for and whom they play with Kevin Durant will go down as a better basketball player and winner than LeBron James ever will.
Durant could’ve done what James did, just play out his contract and go into free agency. He could have done this with the full intentions of re-signing with the Thunder, but think of all the attention Durant would’ve gotten. That’s the great thing about him. He doesn’t need the extra attention. He’s content with being one of the best basketball players in the world. He doesn’t need all the other stuff some that seems to drive James more than anything else.
The fact that a lot of the team’s that met with LeBron last week talked about how they could make him a billionaire speaks volumes about his priorities and mindset. The funny thing about about this process is hearing Brian Windhorst from the Cleveland Plain Dealer talk about the way to win LeBron over. Don’t let the meetings go to long. The fact that most of the Cavs presentation involved Family Guy, Gladiator, and inside jokes makes me think that LeBron isn’t the most mature soon to be billionaire. I mean, the guy was wearing T-shirts and shorts to these meetings. I mean, I’m all for being casual, but would it have killed him to throw on a collared shirt while talking about a contract worth a hundred million dollars? Read what Adrian Wojanarowski of Yahoo! Sports has written about LeBron since the Cavs were bounced by Boston. It shines an interesting light on not only LeBron’s maturity, but the people around him as well.
LeBron James is the most physically gifted basketball player I have ever seen, but more and more I get the feeling that he is will never take that next step. It could be that the high mark of his career came when he was 22, leading the Cavs to finals. If that’s the case, he has nobody to blame but himself. Not Danny Ferry, not Mike Brown, not Mo Williams. It will all be on the Chosen One.
About the Author
Written by Adam Spolane
Spend most of my time in Houston covering teams in Houston, however in the summer I am a radio broadcaster for the Casper Ghosts, the Colorado Rockies Pioneer League affiliate.