By Josh Kramer
Winning with dignity is sometimes a difficult chore. But losing with class is far more difficult. When ones gives 110%, putting their whole heart and soul into accomplishing a goal and then comes up short, facing the music can be tough. OKC faced the music with flying colors. Patience is a virtue. You can count on OKC making more finals appearances over the next five years with this young and talented group. That is not the topic at hand today though.
Kevin Durant led by example demonstrating class throughout the course of this very difficult five-game series. At the end of Game 2, he was clearly fouled when attempting a game-tying shot. Durant did not flinch when dealing with post game questions. Durant simply said, “I missed the shot, man.” On Thursday evening, Mike Miller provided the icing on LeBron’s triple-double cake finally helping the King claim his ring.
Towards the end of the game, Scott Brooks made a very heartfelt speech to his team. Brooks said, “We’re going to treat them like they’re the champions. After the game we are going to walk and shake their hands and acknowledge all of them. They beat us fair and square. However hard that hurts, they still beat us fair and square.”
Brooks’ team fully complied with his message and a very heartfelt embrace between James and Durant was seen by millions of people across the country. Continue reading