Everybody remembers how dramatic was Kevin Durant’s exit from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and all the hate and criticism the player earned for his decision of joining the Golden State Warriors that beat his team the prior year.
KD recently revealed that he actually weighed up a return to OKC, but things changed when he first returned to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. During a recent interview with J. R. Moehringer of the Wall Street Journal, Durant called OKC fans “venomous” and “toxic” for being upset when he left for Golden State, claiming they changed his plans to return to the Thunder.
”Such a venomous toxic feeling when I walked into that arena. And just the organization, the trainers and equipment managers, those dudes is pissed off at me? Ain’t talking to me? I’m like, Yo, this is where we going with this? Because I left a team and went to play with another team?”
He also had the hope to return to OKC eventually, but that plan just disappeared:
”I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that. 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 s–t must have been fake, what they was 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.”
Durant’s decision of joining Golden State was really hurtful for the Thunder’s fans, who were hopeful that this guy, along with Russell Westbrook, could take the team to win an NBA title after several years trying. KD is now part of the Brooklyn Nets while Russ was traded to the Houston Rockets last July, ending a great era for OKC.
Perhaps the 2-time NBA Finals MVP would have considered re-joining the Thunder this summer, but the things he saw when he came back to the city changed his mind about the team forever.