When LeBron James returned to Cleveland in 2014 to try and win a championship for his hometown team, many began wondering if Kevin Durant could do the same thing. At the time, Durant still had two years left on his contract, but excitement of the possibility of him coming to Washington began to grow and the KD to DC movement was born.
But winning a title for his home team did not seem to resonate with Durant. During free agency he met with several teams. The Wizards were not among them. Now he's even taking shots at his home city.
Now in his announcement that he will be leaving Oklahoma City for Golde State on The Players' Tribune, Durant even seems to take a shot at Washington.
I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.
There's a difference between when someone speaks and when they write. When you speak, you don't always get things across the way you mean them. Sometimes your mouth moves faster than you can think and you can talk yourself into a corner, say something you don't mean or it can come off in a way you don't intend.
We've all been there.
When you write something, however, you get to choose exactly what you say and what words you use. Durant could very easily have praised Oklahoma City without mentioning Washington, D.C. at all. Instead, he specifically decided to compare Washington to Oklahoma City.
Geez, good thing Oklahoma City doesn't have a football team. Otherwise, he may start recruiting for them instead of the Redskins.
Durant did not seem to like it when the Thunder visited Washington in the past and many of the home fans cheer for him over the home team. He probably won't have to worry much about that happening any more.