Time does not appear to have healed the wounds Kevin Durant has when it comes to his old franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Durant, who left Golden State for Brooklyn this summer, ripped Oklahoma City and its fans in a new interview with WSJ. Magazine.
The Nets’ new forward made it clear that he’s not a fan of how Oklahoma City handled his departure and won’t be going back there anytime soon.
WSJ. Magazine outlined what happened:
At his first game in Oklahoma City as a visitor—February 2017—fans yowled for blood and brandished cupcakes, because Durant was supposedly soft. “Such a venomous toxic feeling when I walked into that arena,” he says. “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?”
His mother recalls one particularly appalling piece of video: a Thunder fan firing bullets into a No. 35 jersey. Bullets—after she and Durant and half his extended family relocated to Oklahoma, after they embraced the community, after Durant gave a million dollars to tornado victims.
Durant says that he intended to return to Oklahoma City at one point, but that won’t be happening now.
“I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that,” Durant says. “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 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.”
Few NBA players have more experience in this department than Durant, who left both the Thunder and the Warriors in free agency. The latter exit was obviously much more cordial, though.
Durant is currently recovering from an Achilles injury, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see him play in a return game at Oklahoma City or at Golden State this year.