Charles Barkley can’t get out of the shadow of not having a championship.
Stockton and Malone? The same.
The Bills? The same.
We put all of this pressure on “you have to have championships to be an all time great”. And if you don’t, you automatically get thrown out of the conversation.
So all KD’s heard the last few years is “he can’t win a championship” and “he’ll never finish”. Can you then, now, blame him for joining a guaranteed chance at a title? With almost no one stopping him in the West?
It’s our own fault. We couldn’t just appreciate great players losing to greater teams. Couldn’t accept that every superstar can’t win a championship. We created this monster, and now we have to live with it.