The way people within the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise and fans in that area reacted to Kevin Durant's decision to leave for the Golden State Warriors in 2016 forever altered his feelings on the team he played for during the first nine seasons of his career.
"Such a venomous toxic feeling when I walked into that arena," said Durant about his first game back with the Warriors. "And just the organization, the trainers and equipment managers, those dudes is pissed off at me? Ain't talking to me? I'm like, Yo, this is where we going with this? Because I left a team and went to play with another team?"
Durant had hoped to return to the Thunder at some point in his career, but that now appears almost impossible.
"I'll never be attached to that city again because of that," said Durant. "I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I don't trust nobody there. That s--t must have been fake, what they was doing. The organization, the GM, I ain't talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left."