We’ve all heard that tonight will kick off the monumental NBA Championship matchup, headlining two of the NBA’s greatest - possibly ever - Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
This sort of individual competition on this stage has not been seen since the past Celtic-Laker rivalry of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
The victor of this extraordinarily anticipated matchup will likely “crown” the deemed best player in the NBA.
So many things about these two make this matchup extremely intriguing.
Durant finished second in MVP voting to LeBron, Durant was a #2 overall draft pick and LeBron was a #1, both were taken down by Dallas in last year’s playoffs, Durant is known as the best pure scorer in the game, while LeBron is known as the best pure player, they both wear glasses for no reason, and they both wear their numbers for great reasons.
Durant wears number 35 in honor of his AAU coach and childhood mentor whom was murdered at age 35.
LeBron, too, had a childhood mentor coach in Frankie Walker who aided heavily in raising him. However, LeBron wears number 6 out of respect for Michael Jordan. Although there’s speculation that the announcement of the switch was made out of James’ anticipation to join the Heat, where Mario Chalmers had been wearing #6.
Now, Durant, at 22, is the same age as LeBron was when he made it to his first championship.
When LeBron squares off against Durant and looks into his eyes, there’s no doubt that he’ll see his former self. The young Durant stands with his persona untainted, and the entire world in his grasp.
LeBron must be able to sense the parades, accolades, and cherishment Durant will receive if he hoists the trophy. He must fear for his dear life that #35 will rise to new heights, in a spotlight only big enough for one.
Will it be the highly villainized, scrutinized and polarizing LeBron James playing for the Hollywood-esque bunch, South Beach?
Or will it be the “Anti-LeBron,” Kevin Durant, playing far off the coast smack dab in the middle of the "Sooner State," that wants a title sooner than later?
For now, we the fans will wait until tonight to sit and watch who will get a head start taking their place at basketball’s helm.
In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at some of the aspects of the much-less exposed life of Kevin Durant; and what makes him the “Anti-LeBron James.”