Originally written April 24, 2013 on All Sports Everything:
  If you haven’t heard, Kevin Durant is no longer a Mr. Nice Guy nor is he complacent with routinely being overlooked as the best in a myriad of categories.  On this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, Durant is quoted as saying, 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 done with it. Such grand proclamations are awesome, motivational, intimidating to others, and all of that good stuff, especially when journeying toward an NBA championship.  But bold statements and guarantees can only take you so far, see Patrick Ewing. Although Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are more than well equipped to win an NBA Championship, something they were so close to attaining last season, Durant should also recognize he’s not the only player gunning for LeBron’s crown.  With Kobe Bryant coaching from his bedside, Carmelo Anthony, the lone All-Star from the 2003 NBA Draft class without a ring, appears more motivated than ever. He already unseated Durant for the scoring title, could LeBron be next?  We’ll find out in the next couple of months.  But for now, Durant needs to wait in line because if anyone is destined to dethrone King James, it’s Melo. Dope cover though. -@sdotrenee
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