All professional athletes have one goal in mine, to win a championship. Some of them are known by their first name or a nickname that has worldwide recognition. Others stay on the fringe but are equally important to those superstars to get the ultimate prize.
We are about to witness the result of superstars choosing to work together in their prime; something that many old-timers view as a dishonorable act.
Kevin Durant is taking umbrage that what was once considered sacred in defining an NBA stars legacy may be a thing of the past. He and the rest of the NBA world watched and saw how with one bold grandiose gesture the NBA was changed forever.
He sees how players whom he thought were competitors are willing to upset the balance even more by stacking the deck in Miami.
Competition makes the product better, it also creates new stars and enable the smaller markets to make some money.
These players need to remember how they used to go from neighborhood to neighborhood willing to pit their skills against that neighborhoods best. It was all about pride and bragging rights. It was fun because you were able to compete and give your best.
In theory, the NBA is just that a neighborhood of cities that are able to play the same game albeit with higher stakes involved. It still boils down to the same thing each team having an opportunity to compete.
The upside down events of the summer of 2010 has changed the environment and the way teams are formed. Players will have more say than ever in what team will have the better chance of winning a championship.
Given the Tim Donahue fiasco, this power-play may just give rise to new ways for criminal elements to hedge their bets.
That question and many more speak of the repercussions that have yet to manifest themselves. There will be more fallout from David Stern's masterful plan of marketing the individual.
Unfortunately it is the everyday fan that is left wandering what happened.