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“Enough”……I am good with Kevin Durant today as Collison’s number 4 retired…..

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.


Photo: NewsOK.com



Feature photo credit:  Clutchpoints.com

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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