Kevin Durant famously declared he was sick of being second.
He’d been second behind Greg Oden in the draft, but mostly, Durant was referring to LeBron James. LeBron had beaten him once in the Finals and thrice in MVP voting.
Karl Malone also knows a little something about finishing second to the greatest player of an era. The Jazz star lost to Michael Jordan twice in the Finals and once in MVP voting.
So, Durant and Malone can relate.
I’ve gotten close with Karl Malone, who’s called me numerous times when he can see on TV that I’m struggling, feeling bad after a loss. He can tell.