Lebron James and Kevin Durant are just a couple of players on the list of best basketball players in history. After being selected in the first round of the NBA draft in 2003 by the Cavaliers, James played for Cleveland in his home state of Ohio until leaving for the Miami Heat in 2010 to team up with Dwyane Wade.
In Miami, he reached the NBA finals all four years and helped lead the Heat to back-to-back Championships in 2012 and 2013. James then headed back to Cleveland where he lead the Cavs to the finals from 2015 through 2017, winning another championship in 2016.
Durant was drafted in the first round to the Seattle SuperSonics (known as the Oklahoma City Thunder today) in 2007 after a phenomenal career at the University of Texas. He played there from 2008 until 2016 when he left to play for the Golden State Warriors, a team with standout players like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Now, there’s talk of James considering joining the Warriors in a free-agent deal, and while there are always trade rumors, it is definitely not out of the question. This is just one of many examples of professional sports teams ‘ganging’ up to create a seemingly inevitable championship team.
And it’s ruining sports. Period.
I’m not saying players have to stay in one spot forever. They all live their lives wanting change from time to time like most of us do.
However, bringing together as many of the highest caliber players possible is wrong. Spreading these players out and watching which ones can lead their team full of non-poster players to a championship is what makes sports fun to watch.
I may be picking on the NBA, though. Every sport is following suit.
The MLB is right behind them with the Yankees acquiring MVP outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins to pair with slugger Aaron Judge and several other players being just one example.
The NFL and even college sports are beginning to get greedy with their trade deals and recruiting. It’s about how stacked they can make the team, not about good old fashioned, gritty competition.
Sports are taking a step back with this initiative, and it’s only going to continue when professional athletes set this example.
James said when returning to Cleveland from Miami…”I’m coming home.”
I’m hoping that instead of building an empire with Golden State, he’ll stay there.