I don’t care how good the fireworks were in your neighborhood last night, they were sparklers compared to the M-80 that Kevin Durant dropped on Oklahoma City and the rest of the NBA yesterday morning when he announced that he’s taking his talents to the Bay Area.
Except instead of doing it in a televised special, he did it in the Players Tribune: “The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.” Incredible.
In fact, stunning. And honestly, no, I didn’t see it happening.
Did anyone? Really? Sure, it was a possibility, and it made sense on paper, but did anyone really think this guy was going to do it? Especially, since he was on record as saying he wanted to spend his entire career in OKC.
And was also on record as questioning superstars that came together to form a super team. He made that clear in a tweet he thumbed out in 2014; a tweet that seemed to take a shot at LeBron for leaving Cleveland to form that basketball Voltron in South Beach.
And people are lining up to crush him for it. Not me. What? You’ve never changed mind before? If I went to you six years ago and asked you, do you love your job. You might have said, “Best gig ever. Love it.” But if I came to you now and asked the same question, you might say, “Still a good gig, but not what it once was, but man, I’ll tell you where I’d love to work.” That’s what this guy did. And you would too if you could.
That’s the difference between Durant and most of us. He could. And he did.
So OKC fan, stop burning this guy’s gamer in the street and stop acting like he somehow screwed you. He didn’t. He had a chance to leave as a free agent, saw an opportunity he liked better, and he took it. Just like you would.
Thunder fan, you’re the LAST one who should be acting like you were done wrong. Golden State took your player. Hell you took Seattle’s entire team. Stop crying about how he screwed you.
This guy put you on the map. And while I’m not looking to pile on, now that he’s gone, James Harden is gone, Serge Ibaka is gone and Russell Westbrook will probably follow them all out the door next summer, good looking getting any key free agents to go there.
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