‘Still OKC’ Kevin Durant: ‘Ain’t no such thing’ as loyalty
Kevin Durant insists he still has love for the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying that “blue is going to be in my blood forever.”
While some would argue the superstar is being disingenuous with that comment given he spurned the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors ahead of last season, Durant countered the claim by stating there “ain’t no such thing” as loyalty.
Durant was labeled as a traitor when he opted to create a super team to end all super teams with Golden State. Durant was castigated for following the arguably undignified path of “chasing a ring” instead of pursuing a title with Russell Westbrook and his former Thunder brethren.
Durant doesn’t see it that way.
“Ain’t no such thing [as loyalty],” Durant said in an interview with Bleacher Report. “You see disloyalty in different ways, but that’s one of the most underrated parts of the game. We scream loyalty, but we don’t expect it from the people writing the checks because they’re writing the checks.
“[People say] ‘You should be fine with it because you’re getting paid.’ I liked it better when I was naive about the NBA business, how f—ed up it is. That was better for me that way. … You put money and business into something that’s pure, it’s going to f— it up.”
Durant insists Oklahoma City and the Thunder will always hold a special place in his heart, even if his friendship with Westbrook has been irreparably damaged.
“I am OKC. I’m still OKC,” Durant said. “That blue is going to be in my blood forever. That place raised me. I have people there who would take a bullet for me and vice versa. But there’s a point in a young man’s life, just like when he goes off to college, or when he moves to another city, to get a job, he’s got to make a decision for himself.
“You’ve got to make a decision that’s best for yourself and you would expect the people that love you the most to say they understand.”