The Golden State Warriors organization was bewildered by the inactivity from Oklahoma City Thunder leadership leading up to the first Kevin Durant return contest, sources told ESPN. - From ESPN.com
Ryen Russillo reacts to the Warriors being upset over the inactivity of Thunder leadership to acknowledge Kevin Durant's contributions to the franchise upon Durant's first return to Oklahoma City since signing with Golden State.
The Warriors' belief, according to sources, is that the Thunder's silence contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere for a player many consider to be the franchise's all-time best.
The Warriors felt, according to sources, that for a player who meant so much to a city -- a small-market city at that -- a courtesy greeting was in order from top brass, who should have issued their fans a reminder and proper perspective on Durant's role in elevating the Thunder into a perennial championship-contending team.
"When Kevin made the decision to leave and move on from Oklahoma and the Thunder, we responded in a manner that is consistent with how the Thunder tries to conduct itself, and I am incredibly proud of the people across our entire organization and the professionalism they have demonstrated.
"We are fortunate to have people like Russell, Nick, Steven and Billy in place, individuals who care deeply about the Thunder and what it stands for in our community and who are proud of their contributions to date, yet driven and honored to write our next chapter together." Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and his agent, Rich Paul, had conversations with Durant about what to expect, based on their own experiences.