By now everyone has heard NBA's Kevin Durant has signed with the Golden State Warriors. If not you're either living under a rock or not a sports fan, it's trending like crazy on social media. Every sportscaster, fan and enthusiast has voiced their opinion and I will give mine. Many are comparing this to the Lebron James move to Miami a few years ago but it's not quite the same, here is why....
Lebron was a proven leader and certain expectations were placed on him to land a championship. Supporting members were brought in to help reach this goal. Yes he did the 'over the top' production when he decided to sign but he knew what was on the line. Stakes were high and he had a stage of global proportion to come through. Bottom line... he did. Imagine his worth if he came away empty handed after 3 yrs in Miami?
Fast forward to Kevin Durant and it's a slightly different story. First, Kevin isn't asked to carry team on his back. In fact the Warriors have been to back to back championships w/o him. Second if he or the Warriors don't deliver this year most won't put put the blame squarely on his back like they would have Lebron a few yrs ago.
I was in Ft Lauderdale, FL for a family reunion the night Lebron chose Miami on a televised show and the city went nuts believe me. A cpl of relatives went to Miami Beach the following day and said it was like one non-stop party lol. Me?... I was stuck doing a river boat tour through some of the neighborhoods of the rich and famous. I saw the home of one of the guys who founded the Blockbuster Videos chain (wow remember them?)... they sold it to Redbox before it folded and dude's a millionaire now lol.
Anyway don't hate on Kevin for chasing the brass ring. The NBA is a lot different than it was a decade ago and guys are going for instant gratification now. Get in, get a ring, get out. Durant will never be mentioned in the same circle as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird but at the end of the day he can share one thing with those guys if it all works out.... an NBA Championship ring... time will tell.