LeBron James and Kevin Durant are dismissing the widely held perception that whoever wins the NBA Finals and earns their first championship ring will be hailed as the best player.

The best-of-seven series between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder beginning Tuesday could feature the most enticing personal duel since Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

But the players involved insist it is all about winning the National Basketball Association (NBA) title.

“Everybody is going to make the most out of the matchup or me versus LeBron, but it’s the Thunder versus the Heat,” said the Oklahoma City’s Durant, the NBA’s reigning three-time leading scorer. “It’s not going to be a one-on-one matchup to win the series, it’s going to be all about the team. It’s going to be fun.”

James is a three-time league Most Valuable Player and widely considered as the NBA’s premier player. But he is still looking for his first ring, while players like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has five of them.

– Reported by Reuters