When it looked like the Cleveland Cavaliers was on the brink of a historic comeback after a record-setting Game 4 on June 9, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors closed the deal in Game 5 delivering KD his first ring. And Nike was right there to chronicle his journey to a championship.
Before becoming the NBA Finals MVP, Durant was the butt of jokes and ridiculed for joining the already stacked Warriors in 2016. At the age of 28, Durant was criticized for leaving a depleted Oklahoma City Thunder team that already seen James Harden leave for the Houston Rockets. Nike played up the utter hostility toward the Small Forward with its latest video predicted the conversations about KD's legacy on the court.
Durant's 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists led his team to the mountaintop and may have quieted his critics and his rivals for the time being. But the debate will wage on. During the highly contested series between the Cavs, Durant was often squared up defending LeBron James —- often times giving him hell. They were like two locomotives crashing into each other at full speed.
Since the Finals loss to James and the Miami Heat in the 2011-12 season, Durant has had a chip on his shoulder and beating James this time around has changed the dynamic.
The Warriors are now world champions and it appears that the Cavs and Warriors will be going at it in the next few years to come. It should be interesting either way because whoever wins that team probably will skip the traditional White House visit as long as President Donald Trump lives there.
Watch the Nike commercial below:
— Nike (@Nike) June 13, 2017