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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 2016, we're not going to have an ocean and we're not going to have Seattle weather and we're not going to have a Hollywood/South Beach/Greenwich Village. So what the Thunder needs to keep Durant is the thing that attracted him to stay the first time — a rock-solid organization and a kick-butt ballteam. An NBA championship banner already hanging from downtown rafters might seal the deal.

Those are the things to worry about. Not first-love memories. Not tweets that say “Seattle will always have a place in my heart!! Love u all”

There's a certain OKC sensitivity about all things Seattle, when it comes to basketball. I've been told that Thunder chairman Clay Bennett gets riled when he sees Sonic gear at a Thunder game. My radio pal Jim Traber blew a gasket a few years ago when Nick Collison tweeted in midsummer about the difference between Seattle's mild temperatures and OKC's fiery furnace. But emotions settled; Traber and Collison even did a Kumbaya radio segment together this week.

Does Durant love Seattle? I don't know. Does Durant love Oklahoma City? I don't know. But so far, he's loved the basketball experience, which is more important than hills the greenest green.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
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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