Last night the Warriors beat the Cavs 129-120 to close out the series 4-1 and win their 2nd championship in 3 years. The main individual story of the whole night was Kevin Durant winning his first championship (and Finals MVP) after leaving the Thunder last year following their defeat to the Warriors. For this reason, Durant and the Warriors have been under so much scrutiny this season for assembling a super team, but they ignored it all season and accomplished the one thing they cared about…beating LeBron and winning a ring.
And there it is…the word “super team”. I’ll come to Kevin Durant’s defense later, but first let’s talk about the bomb LeBron dropped on the media last night.
LeBron James. Yes, the same LeBron James who held a TV special for his “Decision” to go to Miami. The same LeBron James who planned with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to all sign with the Miami Heat at the same time to win “not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6” championships (see video below). The same LeBron James who has had the Heat and the Cavs unload draft pick after draft pick in trades to literally assemble the best possible team for LeBron each year just so he can get to the Finals and lose 62.5% of the time. I mean the Miami Heat aside, this Cavs alone are a super team that LeBron assembled! You think LeBron would have joined the Cavs if he didn’t know that the Cavs were going to do his bidding and trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love? No way. And not only has LeBron been on super teams, but he has personallty ASSEMBLED super teams (he claimed he’s not the GM last night during his press conference too…but there’s no way every Cavs personnel decision isn’t ran through LeBron).
So, LeBron, if you don’t believe you’ve ever played for a super team…wake up.
Now on to Kevin Durant…
Kevin Durant is the 2nd best player in the NBA, I think we are all in agreement on that right? I truly believe he was going to win a championship at some point of his career even if he didn’t go to Golden State. Did he take the easy way out and join a 73-9 team? He definitely did, and if you want to hate on him for that then that’s fine. But guess who created this “super team” culture in the NBA? Yep, that’s right, LeBron “super team” James.
I’m not saying LeBron had it as easy as Kevin Durant did, but I’m definitely not saying it was hard. KD joined a 73-9 while the Miami Heat were around the .500 mark before LeBron joined. But that still doesn’t mean LeBron didn’t bring Chris Bosh with him, one of the best young big men in the league at the time who averaged 24.0 ppg and 10.8 rpg the season before joining Miami. Also for the past 5-10 years, you need a much stronger team to get through the West than you need to get through the East.
The thing is I’m not here to argue who had a harder road to their first championship, who’s better, or who’s “legacy” will be better at the end of their careers. I’m simply saying Kevin Durant felt he could join the Warriors and make a super team because LeBron paved the way for KD and future super stars to do whatever they feel they need to do to win a ring.
That definitely needs to be said a lot for Kevin Durant’s defense, especially if you’re a LeBron fan hating on him. What definitely, positively, absolutely DOESN’T need to be said is that LeBron has been on a super team before…but here we are…