Kevin Durant‘s return to Oklahoma City on February 11, 2017 was the most hostile NBA environment since LeBron James returned to Cleveland after joining the Miami Heat. Durant was not rewarded one bit for the 9 years he spent for the franchise, and apparently the Golden State Warriors had a problem with that.
The Golden State Warriors organization was furious and bewildered about the inactivity from Oklahoma City Thunder leadership leading up to that first Durant return contest on Feb. 11, league sources told ESPN.
Sources say the Warriors were of the mindset that someone from ownership or management should have addressed the media on Durant’s behalf to help ease the tension upon his return.
It’s hard to imagine what Golden State was expecting when fans obviously had high emotions when somebody they looked up to and grew up with left them after 9 years. A person who was considered family left the team where he was going to have his jersey hung in the rafters along with a statue outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Did Golden State want to see a video tribute? Maybe instead, they could have handed out a copy of Durant’s article from The Players’ Tribune to every fan in attendance. Maybe that was the kind of acknowledgment Golden State was hoping for. What a nice giveaway for the fans!
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When Durant left Oklahoma City, the organization was never given updates or any information as to if the forward was going to re-sign. Russell Westbrook claims he never got a text or message from Durant explaining his future, and he found out the same way everybody else did. If Durant didn’t say anything to the Thunder franchise before leaving, they had no reason to acknowledge him in his return.
It’s crazy for Golden State to expect the fans in Oklahoma City to embrace Durant’s return after he just burned them for a team they were so close to beating in the Western Conference Finals. The fans finally had a chance to show how angered they were and how much he broke their heart. Durant got what he deserved.
Durant received exactly what he should of from the Thunder crowd that will not get over him leaving for years, if that. Rather than be upset with what happened, Durant and the Warriors must get over the fact that they are now the NBA villains. Embrace that role, run with it, and compete for a championship.