It’s been years since Kevin Durant was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA star was once a beloved member of the franchise before moving to the Golden State Warriors where he was a member of two championship-winning teams.
He eventually moved on from the West Coast to join the Brooklyn Nets after his time in Golden State ended with a torn Achilles, but there are still some old wounds open from his departure from Oklahoma City.
Durant was personally hurt by the way fans handled his departure from Oklahoma City, especially a video that surfaced of a Thunder “fan” open-firing on a Kevin Durant jersey after he announced his decision to sign with Golden State.
That moment has stayed with Durant, who says he no longer has any desire to go back to the city that he feels turned its back on him.
“I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that,” Durant said, via the Washington Street Journal. “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.”
Durant was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder — then named the Seattle SuperSonics — with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after starring at the University of Texas where he was named the Consensus National College Player of the Year, consensus First-Team All-American, and Big 12 Player of the Year. He left the team in 2016.
Throughout his NBA career, Durant has averaged 27 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
At the international level as a member of the USA Basketball team, Durant helped the team to two Olympic gold medals and a World Championship.