Kevin Durant is in fact "The Poster-Child" for professional millennial athletes <PART II>
19) This is the abbreviated "KD-centric" version of Story #7 in my Archives <55th OP>
“On this special day, (June 30th, 2022) - on the day KD requests a trade out of Brooklyn, I am going to generously borrow from that NBA generational piece. Featured in this piece is what I wrote about KD before, and why I thought and still think that he actually is “The Poster-Child” for the professional millennial athlete.”
I initially wrote a lengthy NBA piece featuring Kevin Durant, that you can find in my Archives page, called - Understanding generational eras in America, through the prism of the NBA. While KD was the inspiration for the original piece, it wasn’t fully about him.
Mega-stars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were featured in that story, as well. I invite you to have a look at that piece, as I think there are some real gems about some of your (current and former) favorite players.
For clarity purposes, everything that is republished from the original NBA generational piece is in “BOLD and italicized”.
“Right now the dominant generation of players in the NBA are the Millennials. And if there is any super-star NBA Player that captures the spirit of the angst of millennials in my lifetime, it is Kevin Durant”. - Josh off the Press May 08, 2022
“For all the personalities in Generation X who have such complicated legacies, and among all his peers in the millennial generation, why does Kevin Durant stand out to me so much? Well for one thing, KD is supremely talented, fabulously famous, and incredibly tall. He plays more like a shooting guard than a big man, which makes his game truly unique. And despite KD’s prodigious skills, and outsized fame, he still somehow is only famous within a bubble (albeit a very large bubble).
According to USA Today, the Top 50 athletes of the past decade (2010-2020), Lebron James topped the list at #1 overall, and the next basketball player on the list was Steph Curry at #7, and Kevin Durant was the 3rd basketball player on the list at #12. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2019/12/19/decade-best-ranking-top-50-athletes-over-last-10-years/4399929002/. KD would hate being shown this list (especially being behind Steph Curry). He simultaneously carries himself as if he is the world’s most famous man, and at the same time is like a sullen-child, deeply wounded for not being as well-known or as popular.
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Truthfully, America has a ton of celebrities. Most people are too caught up in their own lives and own bull-sh*t to worry about Kevin Durant or even know about what he’s up to. This is especially true for people that have zero interest in basketball. People are living out their own drama in life and on social media, although the two worlds are intertwined more than ever. Just as Kevin Durant is living out his dual life too.
The great tragedy of Kevin Durant the man, is that for such a supremely talented basketball player, he unfortunately has been partially undone by the addictive nature of social-media. It’s often very glaringly obvious (for those of us paying attention) that KD doesn’t fully know who he is. I know that’s a damning thing to say about KD, and if he ever read this, he’d probably go after me the way he went after people on his burner accounts.
Hence why, if KD does actually happen to come across this piece; I have one request of him. KD, I invite you to call me out and share this story! After-all we live in this era together, and you are still a tremendous influencer on a level that is stratospheres higher than any other living person playing professional basketball today, not named LeBron or Steph. So, if you do call me out, I will only be oh so lucky to be aggregated by you!” - Josh off the Press, Post #7 “Understanding Generational Eras/NBA”
Again, I invite you to read more of what I shared in the original NBA Generational piece. And, for those of you really interested in this trade request, I gather you are already busy scouring YouTube or some other reliable source for the latest NBA news.
Peace & Blessings!
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For such a wildly successful player, KD's career and all this social media drama off the court, is really turning his career into a disappointment.