Earlier this week, the Golden State Warriors closed out LeBron James and the Cavs in five games to win the their second NBA title in the past three years.
For a few Warriors it was their first title. Longtime vet David West won his first title, NBA clown Javale McGee now has a ring, but Kevin Durant finally accomplished what has been hanging over his head for several years.
In 2012, he fell to LeBron and didn’t look ready. Last season, he blew a 3-1 lead against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Then, he joins the Warriors
There was so much hate that followed that decision and throughout the season KD was called a coward, soft, and “he took the easy way out.”
He made a decision that was based off of personal success and happiness. He found the best situation in Golden State. Granted, they are the best team in the league.
To be fair, he didn’t just jump on the coat tails of the Splash Brothers. He became the best player on the best team. He stepped up and took the big shots, made the clutch, plays, and didn’t back down from the current GOAT.
On Monday night, he silenced all those haters. He is finally an NBA Champion and the Finals MVP.
So, where does his legacy stand?
Personally, I believe we are entering the Kevin Durant era. He has grown from his last time he faced LeBron in the Finals and is closing the gap between James for the right to be the best player in the world.
For all those that are still hatin’ on KD, appreciate the series you just witnessed and what Durant was able to finally accomplish. He looked every hater in the eye and is now on top of the basketball world.
He deserves your respect.