This season the Oklahoma City Thunder are moving forward with a certain player for the first time in years, Kevin Durant. His free agency came up over the off-season. As it may have been expected, there were teams practically standing in line for a chance to bid at Durant.
Durant did not want to go to just any team if he was going to leave the Thunder. He wanted to go to the correct team. A few things played factor into being the correct team. One factor could have been the right price, but there was something much more worthy than numbers that Durant was in search of.
He was in search of the team that he could win with, a team that had what it took to go the distance. He wanted to pursue a championship, and over the off-season he chose the team that was coming off a record-setting 73 win season, the Golden State Warriors.
If he was looking to join the team that would have the highest chances of winning a title with, he may have made the right decision. The Warriors had landed a seat in the NBA Finals for back to back seasons, walking away with at trophy on one occasion. Parting ways from the Thunder was not an easy or well received transition by fans.
Last month Kevin Durant played his first game against his former Oklahoma City Thunder team from the other side, with the Golden State Warriors. It included many boos and strange looks. It was the first of many meets to come. Today, their second meeting will take place. For the second time of his career, Durant will enter Chesapeake Arena as a visitor tonight, according to ESPN.
This time the Warriors and Durant may be hoping it goes differently. In Durant’s first return the Warriors were astonished by the lack of acknowledgement to Durant. Even though he gave the Thunder nine years of service he did not exactly receive a thank you card or a wrapped present with a shiny bow on top.
Instead, there was raw silence. It remains to be seen if the second time around there will be more noise or cheers. Durant has not had the easiest month of basketball. It has been injury filled.
He is still in the process of recovering from knee injury. The good news is that despite the outcome of the game tonight, or the absence of cheers for Durant it will have little effect on the Warriors. They are already heading to the playoffs.
Golden State clinched their playoff berth in late February. Every win on their shoulders from now on is a victory lap. Right now the Warriors are just trying to keep their team in good health, and maybe finish off the season ahead of the Spurs with the best record of the Western Conference.
How will Durant be greeted tonight? Should Durant of received more credit for what he did for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod