For those that haven't been living under a rock the past 16 months, it should come as no shock that OKC and Warriors superstar Kevin Durant are not on the bets of terms.
Electing to sign with the 73-9 Warriors, Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City in the dust and took some championship aspirations with him. The city was angry, the city felt betrayed.
Now, after a whole season, things haven't gotten much better. But while there's still a ton of hostility left, Durant's taken on a new way of thinking.
Recently, the Thunder allowed KD's 35 jersey number to be worn by PJ Dozier, a no-name prospect that has yet to see any significant minutes in the NBA. Surely, that's a giant jab thrown at Durant, who many consider to be one of the best players in the franchise.
In an epic interview with Bucher, Durant revealed his feelings after finding out the Thunder gave his number away, and how that perspective changed over time:
“I didn’t have that perspective at first. I didn’t have it when I went back to OKC. I was like, ‘F*** all of them.’ I didn’t have it when they gave my number away. I was, ‘F*** all of them.’ My best friend works for the team, I told him, ‘F*** all y’all. That’s f***ed up.’ Then I had to get out of my head, tell myself, ‘It’s not that serious, it is what it is.’ I understand it’s not my number anymore, they can do whatever they want with it, but you hand that number to a two-way player, you’ve got to be, like, ‘Nah, we’ve got too many good memories with this number, man.’ But at some point, that thing’s going to be in the rafters anyway; it’s all good. I did something they didn’t like. They did something I didn’t like. S*** happens. If I was on my death bed, I guarantee you Sam Presti and Russell Westbrook would come check on me. So I’m going to look at it that way rather than the other way.”
Judging by Durant's confession here, it seems like he's taken a new perspective on the whole situation.
He will not continue to let it be fuel for his anger. Rather, he see's the team's resentment as a temporary feeling that goes no further than basketball. In the end, Durant believes they're all still friends... even if both sides made some decisions the other may not have liked.
But is he right?