I need your forgiveness, in advance. I'm not to looking to start up another Do You Wish We had Durant discussion, well handled in a thread a few days ago, many others by this point.
Instead, here's a warning. If you haven't read this piece by ESPN's Bill Simmons, do it now. Simmons can write like few people on this earth, and he's a very smart basketball guy. Durant, Simmons believes, is on the verge of greatness that we haven't quite seen. Here's a sample:
You know in Jaws when Richard Dreyfuss calls the shark an "eating machine"? Durant is a scoring machine. He was put on this earth to collect points. We have never seen anyone quite like him before: a 6'9" forward with Plastic Man arms, 30-foot range and the ability to thrive in big moments. He has more career buzzer-beaters than LeBron. Trust me, it's true.
I don't think the comments on the earlier thread, not even the pro-Durant ones, really captured this sentiment.
So here's the warning. Be ready to withstand the comparisons, because you haven't seen anything yet. It's possible Durant is Carmelo-light. Or that he's eventually going to learn about the limits of his body (look at those arms) and have a McGrady-like career. That's my theory. But it's also possible he will be the most significant offensive force in NBA history.
And if that happens...well, I worry the comparisons will never end.
Sometimes I think that Durant is the evil force inside of Greg's head. That's why this issue is relevant. And we (Greg, you, me, all of us) have to withstand this force, no matter what. Because Durant is not our guy. He's not the guy who will win the championship for us. Our guys are the ones already suiting up. Especially Greg.