It barely took an hour for fans to begin venting their frustrations. Or rather, burning them.
Kevin Durant is changing teams for the first time in his career, leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for a new two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. Leaving your team for one that won 73 games last season doesn’t endear you to many people, and Twitter is slowly starting to fill with Thunder fans scorning their former star.
Durant, who finished third in the NBA in scoring last season, made his announcement via an article in The Player’s Tribune.
“It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career,” he added in the piece.
With the move, the Warriors now have four starters that were named All-NBA last season. They have two MVP’s, an All-Defense selection in Draymond Green, and a solid bench led by Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.
The scene is reminiscent of 2010, when LeBron James left Cleveland for the Miami Heat. Minutes after the televised announcement, fans took to the streets of Cleveland to burn James’ jerseys.