By Dan Bernstein–
CBSChicago.com senior columnist
(CBS) Warriors star Kevin Durant is now on the inside of the club looking out, and he knows it, forever redeemed from the long list of great players who toiled without a championship to their name.READ MORE: California, North Carolina Now Off Chicago's Travel Advisory, No New States Added But 38 Remain
We’ve done this in our escalation of titles beyond all else in assessing what a career has been worth, unfairly adding the “yeah, but…” that diminishes so much individual achievement beyond one’s reasonable control. Nevertheless, it’s what drives someone like Durant to accept a different kind of challenge.READ MORE: Red Cross Day Of Giving: Here's How You Can Help!
It’s what ended up driving the Warriors to new and greater postseason heights, as their 129-120 victory vanquished the Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night. Durant was voted the unanimous finals MVP after scoring at least 30 points in every game and averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks. His two-way performance in Game 2 will be remembered, as will his scoring of the final seven points in Game 3 that included a late, go-ahead 3-pointer in the face of LeBron James.
Kevin Durant accomplished exactly what he set out to do and proved to be the best player on the best team.MORE NEWS: Red Cross Honors 16-Year-Old Hero Blair Holt, Who Lost His Life While Shielding Classmate From Gunfire