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TMZ Puts Kevin Durant In An Awkward Spot

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 21, 2011

A video is making the rounds of Kevin Durant apparently “dissing” Oklahoma City.

It’s no surprise that the footage is captured by TMZ. When asked what there is to do in Oklahoma for fun Durant responded, “nothing” and kept walking. TMZ then made sort of a big deal about it on its television show.

A couple of things I’d like to say.

It’s time for folks in Oklahoma to lose the inferiority complex. Some people already are making this into a big deal. It’s not. This is a great state with great people. Durant has said that countless times. But it shouldn’t matter how one person or even the rest of the country views us. Yet, it seems so many that live here need constant validation for every little thing, and that segment of the population rushes to anger at the slightest of slights. I don’t get it.

I understand that Durant is different. You support him. You pay good money to go to his games. You throw down some of your disposable income on buying his jersey. You lose your voice screaming for him and his teammates on game nights. You pony up to send your kids to his camp. It’s inexcusable for Durant to turn around and bite the hand that feeds him, to insult the same place that’s helped give him his cushy life.

But is that really what he did?


Durant made an attempt to explain his actions in messages on both his Twitter account as well as his Facebook page. His reason for saying “nothing?” He didn’t want to talk to TMZ. Durant had the right idea in mind. He should have said nothing. But he’s too nice of a guy to blow off people and say nothing. So he said something. And that something, which was the answer, “nothing,” created a small controversy, which is exactly what TMZ covets.

But, really, there is no controversy.

Durant loves it here. He might have been sharing his honest feelings. Maybe he truly feels there isn’t much to do here. If that’s the case, so what? He’s entitled to have an opinion. Sorry to be the one to break it to you. But for a single, 22-year-old African American multi-millionaire with no children, Oklahoma City is not the hot spot. Regardless, how many times has Durant praised OKC? How many times has he put this city on his shoulders and honorably carried it with him to All-Star games and Spain and Greece and China and Turkey? How many times has Durant stood up for Oklahoma City when national media members have tried their best to bait him into disparaging this place or admitting he’d rather play elsewhere?

Durant shouldn’t have to constantly profess his love to this place solely because a small group of people need to hear it once a week. His actions have spoken loudest of all. He signed a five-year contract extension last summer without an opt out clause. It’ll keep him here through the 2015-16 season. He recently closed on a mini mansion in Gaillardia, a pricey pad that again proves he plans on planting roots here.

What more does Durant need to do to prove he wants to be here?

Hopefully he doesn’t have to remind us of it every time someone around here needs reassurance.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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