Durant has been more than reliable – in every possible way
Exactly two weeks ago, the so-called “state’s newspaper”, the Oklahoman published a headline on the cover of the sports section that read “Mr. Unreliable” talking about Thunder star player Kevin Durant.
The headline was referring to the play of the Oklahoma City superstar forward Durant in the first-round playoff series against Memphis, but it was the most disrespectful headline I have read in my lifetime.
Not only was it unjust, it was flat wrong in so many ways. Durant has been the biggest reason Oklahoma City is now on the map when it comes to professional sports. He stands 6-feet 9-inches tall and weighs 240-pounds, but that is not the reason he has lifted this great city to new heights.
His play on the basketball court combined with his generosity off the hardwood shines a beacon of light on our rising city that wouldn’t be there if he did not play for the Thunder.
Durant won the Most Valuable Player Award for his accomplishments on the basketball court in the 2013-2014 NBA season, but that is not the only reason he is the MVP in every Oklahoman’s heart. If you saw his speech when he received his MVP Award, you would understand what I’m talking about.
Sure, we love watching his amazing basketball skills on display every time the Thunder suit up for a game. His silky smooth shot, his quick ball-handling skills and his panther-like leaping ability dazzle our eyes and drop our jaws, but it’s what he does off the court that makes him truly the MVP.
Durant attends schools around the Oklahoma City area and even all over the state of all levels and sizes and visits with the children. He makes sure he spends time with people who are very less fortunate than he is, whether they are suffering from illness or poverty, he always spends time with those people and puts a big smile on their faces.
Probably the most impressive thing Durant has done was his reaction to the May 20, 2013 E-F5 tornado that ripped through Newcastle and Moore destroying everything in its path. Durant and the rest of his Thunder teammates came out and helped the victims in any way they could. Durant even donated $1 million of his own money to the rebuilding effort.
This came after the Thunder were eliminated from the 2013 NBA Playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round. Instead of doing what many professional athletes and entertainers would have done in the situation, he stepped up for the people of his current community.
A lot of other people in his shoes would have released on statement to the press via twitter saying what a tragedy it was and then go home and be on their way. Durant did the exact opposite.
That alone makes KD our true MVP.
However, if some of you out there still believe Mr. Durant is still “Mr. Unreliable”, here are his stats ever since the headline was published. Durant has averaged 33.7 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game, one block per game and one steal per game in the six games since that fateful day.
For the season, Durant averaged 32 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game and 5.5 assists per game. Perhaps before the Oklahoman wants to publish another “fringy” headline, maybe they should actually put thought into who they are talking about when they hit that send button.