One of the oldest stereotypes in the book is that of the “dumb jock,” or the idea of the macho male athlete who is self-centered and boastful whenever he gets the chance to be. In professional sports, the term “greedy” is thrown into that stereotype.
Ask almost anyone to count off the best active basketball players in the world and Kevin Durant’s name will be mentioned in their first breath. Many of those same people, however, will tell you that Durant doesn’t have the killer instinct to single-handedly lead his team to an NBA championship.
Some of those people will also tell you that Durant pulled a choke job in the Western Conference semifinals, a series Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder lost in five games to the Memphis Grizzlies. And many will compare Durant’s plight to that of another NBA superstar, consensus best-player-in-the-world LeBron James.
Before we get to the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule for 2012, a quick little something for anyone who might at all be struggling to get into the Christmas spirit.
Check out this video of some of the NBA’s finest singing a basketball rendition of “Jingle Bells.”
With that simple tweet, Kevin Durant told us everything we needed to know about the trade that shocked the basketball landscape last night.
After Kobe Bryant calmly stated that he thought this vintage of Team USA could beat the Dream Team, fans everywhere started to straight up lose their minds.
Michael Jordan laughed out loud.
Larry Bird said they probably could beat the Dream Team – considering he hasn’t touched a ball in 20 years.
But finally, Charles Barkley laid down the gauntlet:
“Other than Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”
If you have ever read any of my basketball columns, especially this one, you know that I would probably disagree. So let’s slow down and reasonably make some judgments here.
Who would make the Ultimate Dream Team cut out of the 24 combined players involved in this discussion?