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.
In case you are going to be watching basketball all day today, this post highlights 3 of the best games on.
3. Baylor vs. USC
Baylor has always struggled in NCAA Tournament games, and USC has been overlooked this year in the Pac-12, with observers focusing on Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona. Look for a close game
Ben’s Pick: Baylor
2. Michigan vs. Louisville
Hopefully, everyone saw the last time these teams met in the tournament when they played each other in the 2013 title game. This time, Michigan is riding a hot streak with wins in 10 of their last 12, while Louisville is a 2 seed that lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Look for an upset!
Ben’s Pick: Michigan
1.UCLA vs. Cincinnati
This matchup features the high-scoring UCLA team that earned itself a three seed in this tournament and the 30-5 Bearcats of Cincy. UCLA will have to play a good game if they want to find themselves in the Sweet 16.
In case you have not heard, Villanova has just been upset in the NCAA Tournament by Wisconsin 65-62. Leading the scoring for the Badgers was Nigel Hayes with 19, while the leading scorer for the Wildcats was Josh Hart with 19 as well. Surely this will bust a lot of brackets, including mine.
March Madness is already underway, so I thought that it would be a good idea to tell you who I think is the best coach in college basketball right now. First, I have a couple of honorable mentions for this topic. I have one honorable mention from a mid-major team and one from a Power 5 team.
First up is Kermit Davis from Middle Tennessee State University. This experienced coach has been at Middle Tennessee for 15 seasons, and not only has he led them to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, his teams have upset 2 seed Michigan State and 5 seed Minnesota in the last 2 seasons. Atop that they were the Conference USA champions in 2017
The coach in Power 5 is Rick Pitino from Louisville. Rick has been the coach at Louisville since 2001 and won a championship in 2013. Before Rick’s time at Louisville, he was the head coach at Kentucky, where he won a championship in 1996.
Overall Best Coach
And now for the best coach in all of college basketball. My choice for this award is Mike Krzyzewski. This legendary coach has been at Duke since 1980. He has led them to 12 Final Fours and 5 National Championships. He has also coached USA Basketball to 3 gold medals. He is surely going to be inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame when he retires.