LBS- ESPN’s Royce Young, in a story on the Russell Westbrook extension, noted that the public perception of Durant was not necessarily the reality. Durant, he wrote, was drawn to a bigger city not for more exposure, but because he could blend in better. Durant “privately lamented” how recognizable he was in public, and disliked the lack of privacy being the marquee figure in Oklahoma City brought with it.
Shame on you Oklahoma City, shame on you. You were letting me think that Kevin Durant left on his own accord to join a team that was all but guaranteed to win a championship when the reality of the situation is that you were at fault for forcing him out?! Couldn't just let one of the most recognizable athletes in all of professional sports go about his day without being made to suffer through an endless amount of positive interactions and public praise? Jesus, no wonder he left. You outgoing Oklahomans basically pressured him into pressing 'Purchase' on Priceline. You overly appreciative assholes essentially made the other pastures look greener by soiling your own reputation one photo-op at a time. He needed to be freed from the shackles of a citywide embrace and what better way to do that then to go to a team with an introverted following that hardly even acknowledges it's athletes away from the arena?
Hell, if there's one thing I know about Oakland it's that they definitely don't invest themselves far too much in sports. Just check out the front row at a Raiders game for proof of that. I'm sure the fine folks of Northern California will hardly even look twice at a top 3 player in the world as he casually passes them in the street. Yup, he's sure to be granted more privacy while playing for a team that undoubtedly has the highest expectations in the history of the NBA. No doubt that the only thing prohibiting Kevin Durant from privacy was the fanatical fanbase in a Middle American city. Things are sure to change now, because being a 7 foot physical freak who's notoriously good at his craft doesn't lend itself to receiving a high level of attention no matter where you go. Especially not when that destination happens to have such a standoffish group of supporters...