From his burner accounts on Twitter to shutting out teammates with Golden State, NBA star Kevin Durant is a man who hears everything and seems to forget nothing. Speaking out about his relationship with his former organization and hometown during the season, Durant has come out, and in so many words, told the city they are only a part of his past, and won’t be part of his future.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal this week, Kevin Durant described what were once his future plans involving his former team in Oklahoma City, and why they are now non-existence: “I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I don’t trust nobody there. That shit much have been fake, what they were doing. The organization, the GM, I ain’t talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left.” I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that.”
Durant also touched on clearly was a difficult time for him by describing what Oklahoma City Thunder fans did after he agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors in 2016: “People coming to my house and spray painting on the for sale signs around my neighborhood … People making videos in front of my house and burning my jersey and calling me all types of crazy names.” Adding, “I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that.”
Kevin Durant is not the first person in his family to take issue with how Thunder fans treated him; his mother Wanda Durant was hurt by how “vicious” her son was treated in February, 2017, the first time he returned as a member of the Golden State Warriors. This fact is also a contributing factor as to why Durant still and seemingly will forever hold a grudge against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s front office as well as their fan base.
It is clear that Kevin Durant hears everything and remembers it all as well, sadly for Durant, the side of basketball he can’t control is the side that he lets bother him the most, namely the 1% of fans, media and team executives that do actually what he is doing, holding a grudge. For whatever deep-rooted reason, Durant seems to take all of what happens around him in the “basketball” world very personally, which often leaves him angry and bitter, things that he can never allow himself to let go and move on from, even years later.
When healthy and on the basketball court, there is no one active right now with more talent than Kevin Durant. One can only wonder if he is able to turn his feelings into motivation, allowing him to be on the Hall of Fame path he is now; or if his basketball life is making him a sad or miserable person away from the court and he just can’t wait to retire from the game and live something closer to a normal life. Perhaps being away for the upcoming season to recover from his injury will give Durant a fresh perspective of what’s good about playing basketball while also reminding him that his time in the NBA will be limited, and he should make the best of it.