Kevin Durant throws up the Hook ’Em Horns hand signal, and Oklahomans groan.
He gets away with it because, hey, he’s Kevin Durant, but most Thunder fans would just as soon he knock it off. Plenty of them cheer for the Sooners or the Cowboys, too, and those Longhorns are no-good so-and-sos.
But on the day that LeBron James announced he was going back to Cleveland, I have some advice for Thunder fans: embrace the fact that KD throws up the horns.
It’s an indication that Durant is a loyal dude.
He spent roughly 17 minutes at Texas — OK, it was actually a year — but he’s as dyed in the burnt orange wool as they come. He goes back to Austin all the time. He travels to Texas games whenever he has the chance. He reps the Horns even when his current address would suggest against it.
If he’s that loyal to UT, imagine how tied he feels to OKC.
He’s been in Oklahoma City way longer than he was in Austin, and his years here have been formative ones. He’s become a man here. He’s become an icon here. This isn’t the place where Durant was born or raised, but he clearly feels a connection.
When talking about Oklahomans, he says “us.”
When talking about Oklahoma City, he says “our city.”
And as we were reminded Friday, the connection to a place and its people can be powerful. LeBron is going back to Cleveland for lots of reasons, but when you boil it down, the main reason is loyalty. Loyalty to Northeast Ohio, the place he calls home. Loyalty to Ohioans, the people he considers brothers and sisters.
Score one for loyalty.
Maybe the same will be said in a couple years when KD is a free agent. We already know he’s a loyal type. We see it every time he throws up the horns and pledges his burnt orange allegiance.
So, groan if you must, but in this case, Hook ’Em Horns is a great sign of KD’s loyalty.