July 8th,2010 was one of the most memorable times in sports free agency history. This date was when Lebron informed the world on ESPN on his decision to go play in Miami. Lebron got a lot of heat for this (no pun intended), people were so disgusted the way he left and the fact that he left his hometown. Lebron went on to win 2 finals in 4 years with Miami and then made the decision to come back home to Cleveland and win a title for the Cavaliers in 2016 and it appears all was forgiven.
Fast forward to July 2016 when Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder became a free agent an instead of signing a new deal with the Thunder, he signs with the team that came back from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals in the 2015- 2016 season, the Golden State Warriors. This move enraged many people for numerous reasons one being that KD is joining the enemy and the most powerful team in the NBA. Another reason being that OKC felt like they were so close to reaching the Finals again and now they lost a key piece in their plan.
The question now is if KD was to win one or more championships with the Warriors and then return to OKC would he be forgiven as Lebron was? To be honest, the answer is no, no he would not. The reason being because OKC has already moved on, they have Russel Westbrook who has become the team’s knight in shiny armor. In the year without KD the Thunder made the postseason and was still one of the top tier teams in the west. The Cavaliers had a different story, the first year without Lebron the Cavaliers were the worst team in the league and only had a rookie Kyrie Irving who was still adjusting to the NBA.
Lebron left Cleveland to start up a big three to run the east, KD joined the warrior team that already had a big three. That is the difference between the two decisions Lebron wanted a chance to work and get to the finals and be a champion. KD joined a team to just win a final. There was a chance that the Heat’s big three would fail however when KD joined the warriors everyone knew the west was already won before the first tip off.
Cleveland needed Lebron, nobody was going to be able to replace him he had the fairy tale story just a kid from the Cleveland area, worked hard and become arguably the best of all time. Kevin Durant’s story is different OKC did not need him he was just a piece in the large plan KD was not going to make or break the Thunder and that has showed in his first year away. Cleveland loves Lebron even after he left. However, the abbreviation for Oklahoma is “OK” which in this case means Over Kevin.