‘LeBron Goes to the Finals’: Metta Sandiford-Artest Argues LeBron James is Better Than Kevin Durant

Published 06/28/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) dunks the ball during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


There’s been a flashy Twitter banter between Scottie Pippen and Kevin Durant in the last few days. Player comparisons have come a long way in this season and LeBron James has always been a part of it. Recently, in a similar debate, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are being weighed on a ‘who’s better’ scale.

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It all started when former Bulls star Scottie Pippen neglected any comparisons between Durant and James. He outrightly believes that KD is not as good a team player as the King. Ever since, it’s been a to-and-fro beef between two cross-generational players.

Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks power forward P.J. Tucker (17) and Bucks guard Bryn Forbes (7) during the first quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers and LeBron James went downhill with injuries

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LeBron James, who often finds a place on the GOAT ladder, has had a rough 2021 season. Battling through injuries and half-capacity matches, the Lakers were sent home by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of playoffs.

James was also on the long list of injured players but managed to get some time on the court during the postseason. Well, the momentum of the defending champions was quite low, and the superstar had to exit the year in vain.

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May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after suffering an injury against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

However, the conversation wasn’t restricted to this season and went long back into LeBron’s 2016 championship. That was a prime-Bron show that the world witnessed with a phenomenal Finals performance. Nonetheless, the debate on who stands a chance as a better player never stops.

Kevin Durant’s efforts didn’t prove to be enough

On the contrary, Nets’ Kevin Durant was a sensation this year. Even though he was a part of the Big 3 alongside Kyrie Irving and James Harden, KD set his game apart. This was particularly noticed when his two other bigwigs were benched with injuries during the series against the Milwaukee Bucks. The pressure had completely fallen on KD’s shoulders, but that only made him more lethal than ever.

Durant averaged 34.7 points vs Bucks in the conference semifinals including two terrific 49 and 48-point games, respectively. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his win to cherish and Bucks took over a spot in the conference finals.

So, former star player Metta Sandiford-Artest recently concluded the LeBron vs KD debate with a one-liner. “I think KD is amazing, but LeBron goes to the finals…So, I can’t give KD that edge.”

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It was that simple for Metta to explain his preference for LeBron. Well, many do believe this to be the case. LeBron has had 10 finals appearances and converted 4 of them into championships. And Durant just missed a chance to convert one this season.

It’s been a fight for both the stars over different periods of time. Who are you rooting for in this debate?

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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