Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the team they should have won against in the West Finals: the Golden State Warriors. His return to Oklahoma City was expected but the Warriors thought otherwise.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Warriors thought there was going to be some type of celebration:
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.
The Warriors’ belief, according to sources, is that the Thunder’s silence contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere for a player many consider to be the franchise’s all-time best. […]
Durant was emotionally drained after that game, and he too felt that the situation could have been handled better prior to his arrival.
Thunders GM responded professionally thanking Durant for his eight years and etc. Then he ended his statement with this, “We are fortunate to have people like Russell, Nick, Steven and Billy in place, individuals who care deeply about the Thunder and what it stands for in our community and who are proud of their contributions to date, yet driven and honored to write our next chapter together.”
I honestly don’t believe Durant will ever be welcomed back to Oklahoma. Well with open arms anyway.