Collison Respects KD
At the end of one of my favorite scenes in one of my most favorite flicks, “Love Actually”, actor Andrew Lincoln tells actress Kira Knightly, after a touching encounter, “ENOUGH”…..and that is my feeling today with my negative attitude toward former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. I have moved on, finally, on the day the franchise honors their first player to have their number retired, number four worn by Nick Collison.
Looking back at his career, Collison has stated he hopes one day Kevin Durant’s 35 will join his number in the rafters of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. He is also glad that the now Golden State star will be in OKC tonight for the ceremony.
Collison is happy his former teammate will attend his ceremony, regardless of the bad blood between him and the OKC crowd. Many Thunder fans have a bone to pick for Durant leaving the franchise as a free agent in 2016. My bone is now bare without meat. As Collison says:
“I thought it was great. I played a long time with Kevin, and he’s a special, special teammate…….It wasn’t just because he is a great player, but he’s one of the guys I played with the longest. All that stuff about OKC and building the team, he was for most of that too. I thought that was really cool that he was going to come. It’s not easy to do logistically in the middle of the season, and I know it’s not easy for him to do with all the stuff that’s around him with coming back. But I thought it was great. I’ve texted with him a couple times, and I’ll be happy to see him.”
With those words, Durant is good with me, finally. It was pointed out earlier in the week that the relationship between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant was a major reason for Kevin leaving OKC a couple of years ago. I now get it. Russell can be difficult to play with. Even with issues of manhood I might have with Durant, my feeling is that yes, a man needs to be happy in his profession and Kevin was not all that happy as a Thunder and was needing a change. So be it. That is the way I see it sports fans.
Feature photo credit: Clutchpoints.com
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