Winning a championship is the ultimate goal for all the teams in the NBA. For the players, the number of championships they win cements themselves as one of the best of all time. For the teams, winning multiple championships with the same core members give rise to NBA dynasties. What better example of dynasties can be given in the present day than the Golden State Warriors, who have climbed the ladder to become the 2022 NBA champion.
Kevin Durant’s Decision
However, in 3 of those finals appearance, the Warriors had arguably one of the greatest teams of all-time with the inclusion of a single player. That player happens to be Kevin Durant. Currently however, Durant is getting a lot of heat for leaving a championship caliber team to settle for Kyrie Irving. While the Warriors winning the championship didn’t help his case at all and the public is flaming him for leaving such a team, KD got flamed when he had joined the Warriors as well.
In the summer of 2016, after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, they felt a need to add another player who could carry the offense and close out games. Kevin Durant had come out of another series where he blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors as well. Durant was in need of a reliable 2nd option who could carry the offense as well when he is down.
It can be said that both the Warriors and KD needed each other. So, Durant made the decision to leave his former team and sign a contract with the Golden State Warriors. Once Durant joined, he was the subject of fire in the entire league. While the NBA was going on, the media and the fans kept roasting Durant for his treachery. Many said that because of Durant’s move, it ruined the game of basketball.
LeBron James’ Decision
But, such is not the case as it is shown. No doubt Durant’s move caused a lot of upheavel in and around the league. But the game wasn’t ruined because of Durant. In fact, it was LeBron James who ruined the game when he decided to move to the Miami Heat to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
In the summer of 2010, after getting continually beaten up by the likes of the Celtics and Magic in the Playoffs, LeBron had enough! He decided to take his talents to the Miami Heat which he declared in an interview being broadcasted around the world. It had enraged the whole of Cleveland fans for losing their star player. He however kept his promise and won an NBA title for the Cavaliers.
Kevin Durant had just followed LeBron’s footstep and joined the Warriors. Likewise, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George formed a team of their own in the Clippers. Even Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. The movement of players to come together and form a superteam to win an NBA Championship has become very prevalent in today’s NBA and the cause for this is when LeBron James decided to go to the Miami Heat. Ever since then, the dynamics of the league has changed.
However, this change in the league has been looked with a lot of displeasure and discontent. On the contrary, LeBron James fell victim to his own strategy, as of course this change in the league has surely costed him 2 or 3 championships.