Thunder fans have no need to worry about Kevin Durant's love for Seattle

COMMENTARY — Don't pay much heed to Durant's tweets about missing the Pacific Northwest. He'll stick around if the Thunder are winning championships.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: August 13, 2013

In May, Kevin Durant wore a Seattle SuperSonics cap to a Thunder shootaround in Memphis.

Over the weekend, Durant played a streetball game back in Seattle and turned all melancholy. “I love and miss Seattle…damn” he tweeted.

To which I say, I hear you, KD. I love it myself, and I've only been a few times to the bluest skies you've ever seen.

Durant's remembrance of things past is no cause for alarm in Oklahoma City, Durant's five-year NBA home.

For one thing, who cares if Durant likes Seattle? Seattle doesn't have a franchise. If Durant hasn't gotten over his first love, he can buy a summer home.

For another thing, who wouldn't like Seattle? Great city. Beautiful weather. Gorgeous scenery. Ivar's seafood, Pike Place Market. Seattle is one of my favorite cities. I'm not going to bust Durant if he feels the same.

Of course, who knows how Durant really feels? Nothing against the gentle giant, but he's got a little politician in him. He likes to tell people what they want to hear.

Durant, like the doctors in M*A*S*H, shovels the old wind song rather smoothly. It's an endearing trait, so long as you don't fall too hard for its charms. Never is heard a discouraging word from Durant, unlike his partner, Sir Russell Westbrook, who puts his emotions on Broadway Extension billboards when not wearing them on the sleeves of his funky shirts.

Durant's words, I would pay little attention to. His actions? That's a different story. Signing a five-year contract extension with the Thunder. Donating $1 million to the tornado relief. Going to Norman or Stillwater and flashing the Hook 'em Horns sign. Those are things you can believe in.

Of course, when you have a superstar like Durant and a market like ours, it's never too early to worry that he could bolt. If LeBron James can leave Cleveland, Durant can leave OKC. Durant's signed until summer 2016, and then comes a donnybrook for his services; Durant will be 27 and just hitting his prime.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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