Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.
Behind the picture of Durant, text reads: “I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it.”
Always being second in everything is a real thing in sports that happens to people. That would be the worst-case scenario for Durant’s career. It’s basically what has defined his career so far but he’s of course still so young and it would be very surprising if always being second is what ultimately defines him.
Durant would probably go down as the most talented athlete ever to be known as one that always came in second place. I guess it doesn’t matter how talented you are if you aren’t as talented as the guy ahead of you. in Durant’s case, that’s LeBron James right now and he’s as talented as nearly anyone who has ever played in this league.
This is just a nightmare to think about. Realistically, there is nothing to worry about with KD. He’ll get a rung one day. He’ll win an MVP one day. He will be thought of as the best player on the planet one day.
That day is just not now. Not yet. Not while LeBron is still around doing his thing.