Throwback Thursday: LeBron James And Kevin Durant

VIDEO: LeBron speaks about hypothetical 1-on-1 with Durant

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: James and Durant

By Jonathan Hartzell,

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at the careers of LeBron James and Kevin Durant before the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Miami Heat tonight on TNT at 8 p.m. ET.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: James and Durant

What’s your favorite James-Durant moment? Leave your comments below!


  1. standard says:

    so much hype can’t wait to see durant again beating lebron this time in miami

    • peter says:

      You wish that KD could beat Lebron. Not gonna happen. Lebron will probably score 40 again right in KD’s face. He knows who his MVP challenger is…..

  2. c says:

    Durant can win all the reg season games he wants, he’s like LBJ was when he was being compared to Kobe when LBJ had no rings. Only diff is LBJ had MVP awards.

  3. gbaby says:

    fortunately basketball is much more than 1-on-1.

    • Jalen White says:

      THANK God someone else who knows the game of basketball!!!
      Get it through your heads people. this is a team game even KD(THE SERVANT!!!) knows that.

      P.S. For those who didn’t know “The Servant” is KD nickname.

  4. The man says:

    YO peter He shot 1-6 when KD guarded him…all his points came from him going against Perry Hones iii and Thabo,,,,learn the the games

    • Adam says:

      yo the man LeBron started 5 of 5 against kd and got an and one against him,,,,,”learn the the games.”

  5. CHRIS says:

    drastic hairline recession between pics 10 – 11

  6. Once upon a time there was a Lebron
    Everyone around thought of him wrong.
    They believed that he would never win a ring,
    Well he already did, he has two blings.

    He is being compared with this guy Kevin Durant,
    Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a rant.
    I think both of them are equally great,
    But their skills are different, we have to separate.

    Both are equally gifted offensively,
    Though one focuses on it more aggressively.
    The other is more of an all around man,
    Distributing his skills like no one can.

    Defensively they both are capable,
    Their size and abilities make them able.
    To stop any man they need to,
    Except each other, that’s what’s true.

    These two gifted young men will continue to battle,
    For more years to come just to settle,
    Who really was the best at their prime
    Naming one right now would be a crime

  7. Joseph says:

    KD can call all he wants, unfortunately LBJ only picks up his phone calls after the second ring

  8. tsiko says:

    I think the “ring” thing is out of context for LBJ-KD comparison. Because we all know how LBJ was able to get it. Going to a team that was built overnight to be a contender. Bail out on his team, his hometown team! and join forces with 2 other “superstars” to win titles. And KD has yet to do it. So please, just compare the skill set. And take out the “ring” thing out of the equation.

    • Sandra says:

      Lebron did not bail on Cleveland if anything Cleveland bailed on him when they never tried to get him any help. If you got a better job offer in another city you would move too. Quit gripen and most of all stop watching and talking about Lebron if you hate him so much. IJS

      • tsiko says:

        Did I said I hate Lebron? I think I didnt say that. What I mean here is that everytime there’s a KD-LBJ thing, Lebronette fans always brought up the ring thing. KD has yet to boot out of Oklahoma so in my opinion, I repeat in my own opinion, the “ring” thing is out of context. My I ask you. When did you start to become a lebron fan? Since he start winning ring? Typical bandwagoner. Coz if you’re really a lebron fan, i think you should started since his cleveland days. Because out there, he already has amazing numbers.

  9. bless says:

    KD for the WIN 2nite!

  10. Tajci says:

    KD you can win what you want , but fnals it will be all abou the king

  11. whoa says:

    every superstar had another superstar to help them win a ring so yes rings do matter cause when it comes down to it every ring lebron won he was the reason for most of the games MVP in both finals they won

  12. raptors says:

    yoooo “the man”, look at the game right now. Lebron clearly had a bad game before, but Durants defense is relatively worse than lebrons. You cant win the mvp only playing offence.

  13. MR.SUAVE says:

    thats the problem when there are two players on the top
    die hard fans will kill to win whos the best! but for me who ever wins the ring
    this season makes a great sense that hes better than the other

    because when playoff time comes around you will see who will come big
    and who doesnt. lets just wait before we name whose better in the two
    but still much respect for the em

  14. engrdax says:

    yeh. right. both are great player but… lebron got his ring because of two other superstars and a team that was bulit to win games…

  15. John says:

    You can’t compare rings because lebron did not win one until he was 27. Kd is still only 25 and will win MVP this year.

  16. Adam says:

    @The Man lebron was 5 of 5 at the start of the game with kd guarding him and got an and one against him..

  17. enriko says:

    if you want a ring, beg for d wade and Cbosh to help you. LOL