When Kevin Durant made his first visit back to Oklahoma City as a member of the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 11, some people argued that it would be rude and impolite to boo the one-time Thunder superstar.
I was not one of those people.
Having minored in baseball heckling at the University of Oklahoma and having watched as Durant made the softest, lamest and most obnoxious free-agent decision in sports history, I fully supported an organized effort to chide Kevin Cupcake from the moment he stepped foot in the arena until the moment he tailgated an ambulance back out of town.
The majority of Thunder fans in the Chesapeake Energy Arena that night obliged.
Fast-forward five weeks, and the Warriors have returned to OKC to face the Thunder this evening without Durant. He sprained his knee at the start of March, but an anonymous-sourced ESPN article published this morning says KD’s left MCL isn’t the only owie being nursed by the team.
That’s right, KD and the Warriors had their feelings hurt by OKC’s unruly reception back in February. From the article:
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.
The feeling is that Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked, in a news conference setting, for his nine years of excellent service.
“Furious” and “bewildered”? While such a zero-source story must be viewed with some skepticism, what did Durant and the Warriors think was going to happen? Milk and cookies? Smiles and hugs?
When you break up with your significant other via text message, don’t expect them to give you make-up sex the next time you wander back to your old house.
If Durant and the Golden State Warriors can’t understand that, then they’re all equally deserving of even further derision from Thunder fans tonight.
Here’s hoping serial-nut-kicker Draymond Green doesn’t cry too much when taunted for being a general ass-hat.