We all know the stories of these players. These two men left their teams to win a championship. These are the stories of LeBron James and Kevin Durant and how they abandoned their fans, teammates, coaches, and homes just to win a championship. At the end of this post, I will be telling you who I think was a bigger traitor to their team.
Coming out of high school, James was already considered to be the next big basketball player. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was still in high school, and he was sure to be the number 1 pick in the draft. He was the number 1 pick in the draft, and the team who selected him just so happened to be his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. He played with the Cavs from 2003- 2010, and then he decided that he wanted to win a championship. LeBron had made it to an NBA Finals series with the Cavs, but the Cavs lost to the San Antonio Spurs. So James went to the Miami Heat, and in 4 seasons with the Heat, he made it to the Finals in all four years and won 2 championships. The nice thing about this story is that James returned to the Cavaliers, and in 2 seasons he has made it to 2 Finals and won a championship for his hometown Cleveland.
Kevin Durant was a player at the University of Texas for just one year before entering the NBA Draft. He was selected with the second pick by the Seattle SuperSonics, who went on to relocate and become the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played for the Thunder from 2008-2016, leading them to one NBA Finals appearance, a loss to the Miami Heat. In the 2016 free agency period, Kevin announced that he was signing with the Golden State Warriors. In his first season, the Warriors have the best record in the NBA and have already won their division and clinched a playoff spot, even though it is only March.
I believe that Kevin Durant is a bigger traitor because he left his team knowing he was joining a team that already had many stars like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Also, LeBron returned to his former team and won a championship. I doubt Kevin Durant will ever do that.
Vote in my poll, and comment about who you think is a bigger traitor.