Young NBA stars from LeBron James to Blake Griffin admit concern that NBA titles are Kevin Durant's for the taking for the next decade or more.
"He's so good, so clutch late in games and he's only 23," said James. "If he wins it all this year, the Thunder will probably win every title between now and at least 2020. It's really discouraging."
Many of Durant's contemporaries are already talking about ways they can somehow win a title or two in the middle of the Thunder star's reign.
"Unlike Lebron, I don't want to win five or six or seven or eight championships," said Griffin. "One or two would be great, though. How Hakeem Olajuwon was to Michael Jordan's era, I want to be that to Kevin's era. But for that to happen, I'll need him to quit basketball for a few years."
James has already contacted the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, to invite Durant to take batting practice in hopes that will compel Durant to take a stab at playing professionally. Griffin has sent Durant a full Birmingham Barons uniform in his size, while Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers has secured Durant the starting first baseman job with the Cleveland Indians.
"The Indians are excited about it," said Irving. "They think he can sell tickets, and they know he won't be worse than Casey Kotchman."
But so far Durant has spurned every gift and offer, saying he only loves basketball.
"This is what I've worked at since I was a little kid. I never even played baseball," he said. "This is the only sport for me and I plan to play it as long as possible."
With the baseball-related offers not working, James has asked Jordan to invite Durant out for a weekend of gambling.
"If he's not going to willingly play minor league baseball, our only shot is for David Stern to force him to play minor league baseball," said James. "I'm hoping Kevin will be a RedHawk by the end of the week."