A day after LeBron James was quoted saying he was “jealous of Durant” and how many shots he takes, Kevin Durant did what he has been doing all season long. He shot the ball a lot. He scored a lot of points. His team won the game. That’s just what Durant does night in and night out. LeBron should have done a little more warming up for the Washington Wizards and less worrying about Durant and his shot totals.
It is a fact that Durant shoots the ball a lot — a ton actually. He is always at the top or near the top of the list in shots attempted each season. He also scores a ton of points with a few scoring titles now under his belt. But Durant is not in LeBron’s situation. KD needs to shoot the ball 25 or 30 times a game or his team has no chance of winning. Without his 36 points against the Houston Rockets the Oklahoma City Thunder might have lost by 36 points. He shoots so much because his team needs it. They require it, actually. The situation LeBron is in is night and day. His team can win when he shoots the ball 15 times a game. He has a better supporting cast of scorers, and he isn’t relied upon as much as OKC relies on KD.
LeBron may not have been trying to sound arrogant when he made these comments about Durant, but he did. He basically said if he was able to shoot as many times at Durant he’d lead the league in scoring and the basketball world would have to cower in his presence. While knocking Durant’s shot total he also tried to make himself sound like a victim of being on a good team. It’s not to say the Thunder are a bad team just a team that requires Durant to carry them on their back every game.
The funny part about this whole ordeal is LeBron made the comments about if he was able to shoot as much as Durant the world may end. Then he tells everyone how he is going to go off against the Wizards. The Wizards got mad and decided to beat the Miami Heat. LeBron inserts his foot into his mouth and loses the game before it even starts. Then the very next night, Durant does what he always does. He shoots the ball 21 times and scores 36 points. What was a big deal for LeBron was just another day at the office for Durant. The difference between the two stars: Heat lose and the Thunder win. When LeBron tries to be Durant he loses the game for his team. Durant is himself and they win. It’s as simple as that.
The moral of this story is LeBron needs to shut his mouth and play his game, and Durant is going to do what he always does and win games just like he did Thursday night against a tough Rockets team at home. So let Durant be Durant and leave him alone!
David Galleher is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @theDaveGalleher.