Essay on Team Loyalty Vs A Championship Winning Career

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Team Loyalty vs A Championship Winning Career: The New Challenge for NBA Players

Should I stay or should I go? That’s the question every Hall of Fame worthy star asks himself at some point in his career in the league. Now to be fair,the answer depends largely on the team you were drafted to and the overall potential to win a championship. At the end of the day, professional basketball is a business first and entertainment second, so each team views players as small puzzle pieces; get the right pieces to fit together and you’ve built a potential championship contender, if the stars align in the postseason perhaps a dynasty building powerhouse.

With that said let’s look at the latest to jump ship in pursuit of the ultimate goal, a championship. 29-year-old free agent Kevin Durant was a highly recruited high school player who was one and done at the University of Texas, drafted to the Seattle Supersonics which later became the Oklahoma City Thunder. By all appearances he was in it for the long haul with Clayton Bennett. Bennett hired former University of Florida men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan as a key puzzle piece in the road to the championship and the move, by all accounts, was a play to keep Durant happy and content to stay. Donovan did have more wins than any other coach in the history of the program at the University of Florida but his championship building prowess in college hasn’t translated to quick success in the league. After the Thunder gave away the…

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