Cameras from celebrity news outlet TMZ recently caught Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant on the street in Los Angeles and asked him what there is to do for fun in Oklahoma.
When Durant mumbled “nothing” as he continued to walk away from the camera, his response created controversy and forced Durant to explain his comment on social networking Web sites Twitter and Facebook.
“I dissed Oklahoma cuz I didn't wanna sit n talk to TMZ and all I said was the word nothing..y'all forgot all the times I scream OKC? ok cool” Durant posted Tuesday on his Twitter account.
Since he entered the league in 2007, Durant, the NBA's reigning two-time scoring champion, has spent his summers traveling throughout the country. Teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden both live in the Los Angeles area, and Thunder players over the past three seasons have scheduled visits to each other's hometowns to work out.
While in Los Angeles last weekend, Durant also played in the legendary Drew League, a longtime pro-am summer league, and sparked a video of an off-the-backboard pass to himself for a tomahawk dunk to go viral.
TMZ, which specializes in celebrity gossip, has become notorious for catching celebrities on the street and putting them in compromising positions by posing uncomfortable and controversial questions. The network's camera caught Durant as he was entering and leaving an L.A. establishment. In the video of the brief exchange, the cameraman originally thought Durant was Miami forward Chris Bosh. Durant's comment then came as he was leaving.
Just before Durant walked away, the camera catches him embrace Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder and Midwest City native Matt Kemp.
Even as he was in L.A., however, Durant was praising Oklahoma City in a series of tweets last Friday.
“Being in LA makes me love Oklahoma City so much more!!” Durant wrote before adding: “I love LA but just how quiet n lowkey Oklahoma City is fits me better plus there's no traffic lol”
Durant has been quoted numerous times saying he wants to play in Oklahoma City for as long as possible. When the magazine Oklahoma Today named him as the 2010 Oklahoman of the Year, Durant was quoted in the cover story as saying, “I'm happy I'm here. God has put me in a great place because it's the perfect place for me.”
Durant also has proved his commitment to Oklahoma. Last summer, Durant signed a five-year contract extension and specifically turned down a popular clause known as a player option, something that allows players to get out of their contracts and enter free agency a year earlier. The deal will now keep Durant with the Thunder through the 2015-16 season. Durant also recently closed on a $1.8 million home in the luxurious Gaillardia area.
Nonetheless, a certain segment of fans and media members seemingly refuse to believe Durant is happy in Oklahoma.