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Loyalty is a Dead Commodity in the NBA, Kevin Durant Says

Gone are the days when NBA players retire wearing the same uniform on the day that they are drafted. Or as Kevin Durant put it succinctly, “Ain’t no such thing [as loyalty].”

The comment by the Warriors forward in an interview with Bleacher Report had a lot of truth behind it, however.

First, he experienced first hand how the Seattle team was sold to Oklahoma even after assurances by the owners that it won’t happen. There was also the time when Scott Brooks was fired, or James Harden was dealt to the Houston Rockets when the young core, alongside himself and Russell Westbook, almost won a championship together.

“You see disloyalty in different ways, but that’s one of the most underrated parts of the game,” he said. “We scream loyalty, but we don’t expect it from the people writing the checks because they’re writing the checks.”


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When Durant decided to leave the Thunder and signed with the Warriors, he got called with a lot of names by the media such as snake or coward. What hurt the most was the comment from his friend, Westbrook, calling him “cupcake” and how the whole Oklahoma celebrated that term.

Durant admitted that he’s still not talking to Westbrook or Thunder owner Sam Presti, but he’s confident that eventually they will work out their differences. The 6-11 forward said there’s a lot of hurt between them for the words that have been said precisely because they care for each other.

He also hopes that one day the city of Oklahoma will forgive him because even if he’s playing for another team, it was the city that raised him.

“Those people really mean a lot to me to this day,” he told Ric Bucher. “No matter if they talk to me or they’re mad at me. Whether it’s Sam Presti or Troy Weaver or Russell Westbrook or Nick Collison.”


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“We’re not talking, but eventually we will,” he said.

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