That’s it. Durant abandoned the small market team, for the two-time defending Western Conference Champions. The team that has another babyface (the pro-wrestling term for good guy), in Steph Curry, fellow second generation player Klay Thompson, and Dennis Rodman 2.0(in a good way) Draymond Green. The team coached by the laid back, wise-cracking, championship coach and player, Steve Kerr. The team that won the championship in 2015 won 73 regular season games (a new NBA record and came back from a 1-3 deficit against the KD-led OKC Thunder…. Only to lose the championship to James’ Cavaliers after being up, ironically, 3-1. Then something happened.
In the midst of Golden State’s downward spiral in the NBA Finals, Draymond got suspended for a game, after taking a swipe at King James’ banana and berries.? Klay Thompson’s smack talk in the media would wake up the Cavs. Steph Curry would be ejected from a game, and throw his mouthpiece into the stands, hitting a fan. Uncharacteristic, but given the stakes, you see how on such a large stage this unraveling would turn off the general public. The Golden State Warriors became the Villain before or very eyes this past June. Fitting.
MORAL VICTORIES IS FOR MINOR LEAGUE COACHES, AND ‘YE ALREADY TOLD YOU WE MAJOR YOU COCKROACHES
What’s most significant about greatness? Some would say it’s the ability to repeatedly rise to the occasion, exceed the expectations of others and deliver in high-pressure situations. Those are components, attributes of those who strive to be great. I believe that greatness isn’t who you are, it’s what you do. When we call someone great, we are speaking not to their character, but their accomplishments. Their body of work. Steph Curry is already great. Kevin Durant is already great. Detractors can’t take that from them, nor can the jeers or boos diminish what they have yet to accomplish together. Another component of greatness is the ability to be unwavering in your focus while pursuing your goal. So when Kevin Durant, through his play or his words, flips off the naysayers, he isn’t a villain, he’s just too damn busy.
I WENT FROM THE FAVORITE TO THE MOST HATED, OR WOULD YOU RATHER BE UNDERPAID OR OVERRATED…
By Fred Johnson
Lyrics from “So Appalled” by Kanye West feat. Swizz Beats, RZA, JAY-Z, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce