Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are one victory away from winning their second consecutive title over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For his part, Durant is almost a near lock to earn his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP award.
Like clockwork, this has created a basketball community that continues to compare Durant to the game’s best player, King James.
Unlike earlier in his career, it doesn’t seem that Durant is too concerned about being considered a better player than James. Though, he’s also aware that the gap might not be as significant as most would like to conclude.
In talking to venerable ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, Durant had an interesting take on the comparison.
— ESPN (@espn) June 8, 2018
“(In the past) I wanted people to tell me I was the best. Now, I mean, it’s cool but it’s not really my concern anymore,” Durant said. “I know I can play on any court in the world, with any player, at anytime, anywhere.”
Durant is not wrong in this assumption. For the second consecutive NBA Finals Game 3 against the Cavaliers, Durant knocked down a dagger three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Golden State a 3-0 series lead.
Thus far in the Finals, Durant is averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.
Certainly, LeBron has to be considered the planet’s best player. But two consecutive NBA titles and two consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards for Durant will likely continue this conversation longer than most had anticipated.
For now, it doesn’t seem Durant is too worried about said conversation…unless he tells us otherwise from one of his burner accounts.