It has been a while since I've been a die-hard of any one player in the NBA. The 2012 NBA finals led me to pull for the Durant/Westbrook duo, and once Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State, it was easy to single out Westbrook as my favorite player. But, of course, being that the Charlotte Hornets were just a ten-minute train ride away when Kemba Walker started making a name for himself, I had another player I was an actual die-hard of.
Being a sports fan your entire life and getting older is a weird thing. I had a memory pop up on my Facebook the other day from 2012 when I let all my friends and family know I was rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. KD and Russell Westbrook were 23 then, and I was 13. It's hard to think that the two were my current age when I became such a big fan of the duo. To accomplish something like that at 23 seems insane.