LeBron James knew Kevin Durant would be future roadblock in 2012
LeBron James finally reached the mountaintop in his NBA career by earning his first NBA title in the 2012 NBA Finals after helping lead the Miami Heat over the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. It was a series that also marked the first Kevin Durant reached that stage of the playoffs in his career.
During his media availability on Thursday, James voiced that he had envisioned Durant being one of the future matchups in the NBA Finals but on the Thunder, according to Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports.
LeBron said he knew after the 2012 NBA Finals that Kevin Durant would be a potential future roadblock. "Yeah, I thought it would be in OKC."
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) June 7, 2018
Given the trajectory of where the Thunder were headed with Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the charge, the two looked like the driving force for what could be a legitimate title contender. All of that had appeared to be coming together in the 2016 Western Conference Finals when they held a 3-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors. However, Oklahoma City let their grip hold slide over the Warriors to allow them to come back from that deficit to reach the NBA Finals.
This could have seen Durant possibly avenge the 2012 NBA Finals loss with the Thunder putting it together as what looked to be a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Instead, that never came about as he elected to make the move in free agency for the Warriors where he has become the centerpiece of the league’s next dynasty. Durant is now nearing the chance to secure two NBA titles and Finals MVP awards over James while the two are playing at the peak of their respective games.
The Warriors led by their star-studded core group could potentially add more titles to the mix given that they are all in the prime of their careers. Nonetheless, James’ prediction has come to fruition with Durant getting the upper hand on the league’s grandest stage.