Report: Kevin Durant disliked attention he received in public while playing in Oklahoma City
Why did Kevin Durant leave the Thunder for the Warriors?
His free-agent decision, the NBA’s biggest since LeBron James’ Cleveland-to-Miami-to-Cleveland moves, has been and will be dissected.
There’s certainly multiple reasons. Here’s another potential one.
This is an under-discussed feature of playing in a small market, and it could even help explain why Westbrook is staying with the Thunder longer. If he’s as hungry for the spotlight as commonly suggested, Oklahoma City might provide plenty of attention. He’d be less likely to get his own day in a bigger city.
Meanwhile, Durant is now no longer the biggest star on his own team, and San Francisco/Oakland is more accustomed to celebrities.