Sometimes it’s better to be the superstar who hasn’t gone to the NBA Finals (yet), who didn’t leave his team for another, who doesn’t have legions dissecting the moves he makes and also those he doesn’t.
Kevin Durant isn’t exactly low profile. But at least he can pass to a teammate on the last possession without being characterized as a loser.
“I saw that play,” Durant said, referring to LeBron James famously giving up the ball last weekend in Utah. “Udonis Haslem was wide open for a jumper that he usually makes. You know what? I’d make the same play. It was the right play. I’d have done the same thing. I can’t believe it was even an issue.”
Jordan won in year 7, Clyde won a championship in 1995 with the Rockets. LeBron had terrible teams in cleveland that he would drag by the teeth. Kobe won in year 4 because he was playing with shaq (he was incredible but no one wins alone) Michael had scottie and horace grant at the forwards. LeBron’s best teammates in cleveland were varajiao and mo williams, not guys you want as your second and third best teammates for a finals run. Dallas was a lot better in their bench last year, whereas that was the heats weakness as a three man team.
We know it happens, it happened to Dan Marion in football, it happened to Barry Bonds in baseball, it also happens in basketball. Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, Allen Iverson. These are major superstars that performed at the highest level in their respective sports but came…