Doomsday Scenario: How LeBron James And Kevin Durant Were Almost Teammates

Basketball, Sports — By on October 1, 2012 at 3:21 am

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two best players in basketball. Now just imagine if they were on the same team. And we’re not talking the Olympics either. The same NBA team.

ESPN’s pre-preseason circus, its ranking of the 500 “best” players in the NBA, is about the closest thing we have to a classic barbershop debate online. This year LeBron James and Kevin Durant ranked #1 and #2 in the rankings surprising exactly zero people. Durant is the league’s finest scorer, a legitimate long-term threat to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the game (pending health and productivity) and a player whose overall skill set truly has the sky as its limit. LeBron James is – for lack of a better description – the most complete basketball player in the solar system.

The 2012 NBA Finals were so dope not because it pitted the league’s two most exciting teams, but rather it was the first Finals since (maybe) Jordan vs. Barkley when the league’s two best talents met on the game’s highest stage. And sure, Miami hit Oklahoma City with a “delayed sweep,” but the possibility of the showdown for years to come is what has many (non-Lakers) fans drooling at the mouth. Then, there was K.D. and Bron becoming the two best players for Team USA in London. And then, from there, it was their re-up of offseason workouts which had the moral police yelling at the top of their lungs from both sides of the fence how great and horrible the concept was at the same time.

That’s just it though. Be thankful James and Durant worked out as competitors attempting to fine-tune each other’s game. Because listen to me when I tell you this, they could have very well been teammates.

(Now is about the time when Portland fans stop reading. Trust me, stop reading. No seriously, stop. It’s for your own good.)

J. Tinsley

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  • This is a truly frightening scenario looking back at what could have been. A whole lot of what-ifs, but definitely an interesting and entertaining take.

    I do gotta say this though … can’t we all just leave Portland fans alone? They are some of the most passionate in the NBA yet continually get the short end of the stick. This type of hypothetical ain’t helping!

  • J. Tinsley says:

    I do feel bad for writing this in a sense lol. But after about 400 words in I was already too far gone and kept going.

  • Joe Simmons says:

    When you look at what could have been in Portland you have to shake your head. Durant could have been that missing piece like when the Lakers added Magic, then in a couple of years added Worthy. His impact would have been immeasurable. The thought of him and Lebron on the same team would be almost unfair. It would be like having Bird and Magic on the same team or Jordan and Barkley on the same team.
    Good post.

  • Brando says:

    Outside of Bill Simmons, Tins has to be the best crackpot scenario writer when it comes to basketball. Great read and Lord, was it scary.

    Although the black/red colorways of KD’s sig line would have been too hard to pass up.

    • J. Tinsley says:

      Although the black/red colorways of KD’s sig line would have been too hard to pass up.


      WHAT? Mannnnnnnnnn, those KD’s would’ve been too mean.

      Thank you for the kudos man lol. I love “what if” scenarios. Blame it on…well, I’m not sure what to blame it on to be quiet honest. They’re just so fun to write.

      The NBA is the greatest league ever in terms of how one decision can alter the the course of multiple franchises.

  • Catfish says:

    That article is stupid because it completely forgets the two biggest factors in LeBron deciding where to play: Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade

  • I think you forgot the part where the evil commissioner David Stern would have vetoed the brandon roy trade for some trumped up reason and would have not allowed Portland to clear the necessary cap space…

    yeah the Portland fans who were ummm crazy enough to read that are now standing at the top of their stairs contemplating tossing themselves down…

  • Joshua f says:

    If this did happen you can bet it would of been not 1 not 2 not 3 not 4 not 5 not 6 not 7 lol #dreamteam

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