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Pressure Increasing on Durant to Win NBA TItle

It is time for Kevin Durant to win his first NBA title. The NBA Western Conference might be loaded with talented teams capable of eliminating the Oklahoma City Thunder in their quest for the NBA title, but it is Durant’s time to shine.

While Oklahoma City has been mostly quiet during this offseason with the only notable acquisition being Anthony Morrow, the summer has added fire to Durant’s quest for an NBA title.

Prior to now, Durant has not been pressured to earn a title, as that was placed squarely on LeBron James’ shoulder to accomplish, which he has done twice.

The thought was that each time Durant came up short, he would get another shot eventually to win it all, and that shot seems to be now.

When Durant won the MVP trophy things changed. He was put up on a par with James and now he must accomplish what LeBron has done and that is win a NBA title or two.

This past postseason, the Thunder was stymied by the eventual champions the San Antonio Spurs. Oklahoma City did not have it in their gas tank even thought they rallied to tie the series at 2-2 after four games.

Durant has surpassed the up and coming stage. He will soon be 26 and already has earned Rookie of the Year, five appearances in the All-Star game, five All NBA first team selections, four league scoring titles and one MVP.

However, Durant is still lacking one other accolade, an NBA title.

Durant can become a free agent at the end of the 2016 at which time he will be 27. Some insiders believe that if the Thunder is not on the verge of an NBA title by then, he might look elsewhere.

He has said all along that he would do what was best for his career. He said it was difficult to think or talk about since he still has two seasons on this current contract.

A great deal has been mentioned about the Washington Wizards as he grew up around that area, watching Georgetown, the Bullets as well as the Washington Mystics.

However, he is quick to point out how much he has grown to love Oklahoma City.

With Durant not closing the door on a possible switch to another team, he has two years to win the title with the Thunder or he will surely leave.

Winning a championship in the NBA is very special for players and Durant is no exception. The pressure begins to mount for players who are considered the best. Durant won the MVP this year and is one of the top 3 players playing basketball today.

LeBron has been through the same, he did not win his first title until his ninth season, but in his eighth, he moved from Cleveland to Miami, which increased the pressure even more.

The same will hold true for Durant if he cannot win a championship in the next two seasons with the Thunder and decides to change teams in search of his elusive NBA title.


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