Despite being cross-conference rivals and having lost to LeBron James in the 2012 NBA Finals, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant spoke highly of the four-time MVP’s decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat.
“I thought it was well-thought-out. It was classy. It was a great move to do it as a letter,” Durant said Tuesday, after a training camp session with USA Basketball. “That was pretty cool. It’s funny seeing guys think about more than just basketball for once. He thought about the city where he comes from, about Northeast Ohio and how he can affect so many of the kids just being there playing basketball. I love that. So many guys get criticized for making the decision that’s best for them instead of what’s best for everybody else. He’s a guy that did that. You gotta respect that. I applauded him, I texted him and told him congratulations on the decision and told him I was happy for him. As a fan of the game, it’s going to be pretty cool to see him back in Cleveland.”
Durant’s sentiment’s have pretty much reflected what majority NBA players thought of James’ decision. It’s as close as the NBA will ever get to a storybook fairytale.
It’s been four years since James made the heavily criticized decision to play for the Miami Heat. By winning championships–two to be exact–James was able to improve his public image. But nothing will compare to James winning a championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers who’ve yet to experience the feeling in their NBA existence.
If James can do that, there may not be a better story in sports.