Dear Thunder Fans,
Today is Independence Day, a day to celebrate independence and liberty. It's a day those in the south don't take lightly. This year has been different though, instead of scrolling through social media to see "land of the free because of the brave" and an entourage of American Flag profile pictures, my feed is filled with "KD took the easy way out", "Never trust a longhorn", people questioning KD's loyalty to Oklahoma and even burning Durant jerseys.
I want to ask you a question... where is your loyalty to Oklahoma? Is it all tied up in a single NBA player or can you mourn the loss of not only a great player but also a great asset to our community, move on and support the team that still stands before you? Can you spare some of that passion, that go-get 'em attitude, the spark, frustration, concern and downright eagerness to fight for something more? We're ranked 46th in the nation for education, we have the highest rate of female incarceration, our mental health system is failing, public education is losing funding at an unprecedented rate, there are over 8,000 children in foster care and the list goes on. Take a moment to think of those things, do those things light a fire in you like losing KD does? Or are YOU the one being disloyal to Oklahoma?
During KD's time in Oklahoma, he was a great asset to the community, local schools, the victims of the May 20th 2013 tornadoes and those living in poverty yet you're wondering where his loyalty lies? I'll tell you where it lies, it lies in the hearts of Oklahoman's who have been moved by his generosity, his eagerness to give fellow Oklahoman's a hand up and his ability to always play an awesome game.
It's simple, this is part of the NBA. Was his decision the best? Maybe, maybe not but he leaves behind a legacy, one that has shaped OKC into the place it is today and to disregard that is an embarrassment to your fellow Oklahoman's. You can be disappointed, sad and even down right mad but remember to dig deep to locate your loyalty before questioning his.