On America’s 240th birthday, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant left his “hometown team” and joined the Golden State Warriors on a 2 year 54 million dollar contract.
Durant, a star and founding father in the Thunder organization, had been loyal to his fans and stayed in Oklahoma for 9 years. This “betrayal” by the superstar scarred the hearts of his fans and followers around the world.
Although this was very heart-breaking to many, Diamond Bar High School athletic director Kevin Ferguson explained how this was “a chance for Durant to win his title.” He did most certainly think that the Durant’s move was surprising, but Ferguson stated that he believes “the superstar has fulfilled all of his duties to the Thunder organization.”
However, others around the Diamond Bar area thought differently. Health director and former athletics coach John Martin let out his infuriating emotions. He has said that Kevin Durant “ruined his legacy completely” and broke down his hometown city “into a river of tears.” Having said that, he also responded by burning in rage any Durant gear he owned.
All over the city, hundreds and thousands of people started buying lighter fluid from stores. filmed themselves incinerating jerseys, and a few such videos became viral on the internet. News stations started picking up on these videos and began showing American citizens on live television.
Even some Youtubers, such as renowned Thunder-fan Youtube stars such as Lost and Unbound and Kristopher London, began ranting against and dirty talking the once-known superstar. Lost and Unbound’s rant on Kevin Durant has now reached one million views. The video consists of him reading Durant’s tweets on Twitter, explaining why he thinks the trade was unreasonable, and cutting and ripping his Oklahoma jersey in half. Meanwhile, London also published a similar video, but later took it down because the content was too extreme to watch, bringing complaints from his viewers.
All of these offensive and harsh videos have also led to more protests. Steven A Smith, an NBA analyst and commentator, spoke on the ESPN show First Take. After watching this video, residents in the Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights area became even more outraged. Every day, the streets have been filled with talks of Durant and what he will do with the stabilized Golden State team. Ultimately, NBA commentators and analysts are in for a highly competitive 2017 season.