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Commentary: Kevin Durant and LeBron James and their differences……

The major difference between Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavs is not on the court of basketball.  It is in the walk of life.  James is a man, with a family, who leads his team, win or lose.  KD is a man child, without his own wife and family, but with an overbearing mother, who follows others as a major clog on a team of great superstars. They both are supreme basketball players at the highest of levels of the sport.



Yet, Kevin Durant is not the sportsman that LeBron James is. Durant see the game with winning and having fun doing so as most important.



James sees the game is more than just about winning. To him, the honor of leading a group of guys in that journey of the game, season to season, to a championship as most important.




Is this Durant’s fault chasing titles and having fun as the most important thing in life?  No, I do not think so.  He was raised the way he was and you cannot change into something you are not. He will always have that personality of wanting the game to be fun.  It was not fun in Oklahoma City after a long run on Reno Street.  It just was not.   Maybe in time Durant will shed his childish dreams of life having more to do with yourself than others.  Sure, he loves his teammates in Golden State as he did in Oklahoma City.  But to a point.
Time will bare the truth.  In that truth, LeBron James will come out  as the real winner, both in life and on the basketball court.  We can hope for Mr. Durant to realize the game is not all about just winning and having fun.


That is the way I see it sports fans. 


Photo Credit:  http://abc7news.com/sports/kevin-durant-lebron-james-each-avoided-late-foul-calls-in-christmas-day-game/2827617/

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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