Oklahoma City Thunder Need a Hungrier Kevin Durant
The Phoenix Suns upended the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, giving them their second straight loss. Although OKC failed to secure a victory, Kevin Durant managed to surpass Michael Jordan‘s 25-point scoring streak by finishing the game with 38-points en route to his 41st 25-plus point performance of the season.
Durant’s most recent accomplishment overshadowed the loss for OKC. Fans worldwide have witnessed KD put together one of the most complete seasons for a single player in NBA history. For most, it is a big deal when a player performs the way Durant has all year. For Durant himself, he wishes the streak and all of the following attention would fade away.
It is understandable that Durant wants the focus to be on his team’s play as a unit rather than soaking up all of attention. Still, Durant should embrace his accomplishments, not brush them off. Durant is a fiery player with the ball in his hand, but his attitude off the court does not always mirror that of a highly competitive player.
Players like Kobe Bryant and Jordan separated themselves from the rest of the league with their killer passion to be better than everyone walking this earth. Durant sometimes comes off as someone who does not mind coming in second place. Attitude can be everything in professional sports. If you are going to play as if you want to be the best, then you have to act like it as well.
One day I hope Durant will want to be the man who breaks records, wins championships and invites comparisons to the greatest players of all time. So far, he has shown that the comparisons and records frustrate him. If he is ever going to be the best, then he will have to start carrying himself as if he is the best player on the planet. That includes thriving to break every record possible while approaching the game with the same fire that Bryant and Jordan had within them.