Why All the Thunder Hate?

June 10, 2012

okc-thunderI just spent a few days over in Seattle last week. Plus, one of our local radio stations has started carrying Seattle’s KIRO-AM — an all-sports station — and it’s probably the best thing on radio in my hometown (where radio is really, really bad).

So, I’ve been listening to a lot of Seattle sports radio. And I’m really baffled by all the hatred toward the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hatred toward Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks and everything associated with the Thunder.

As this article in the NY Daily News explains, there’s still a ton of bitterness in Seattle over the team’s move to OKC four years ago.

I totally get that.

But I don’t get why the bitterness and hatred should be directed toward Kevin Durant. Or Scott Brooks. Or the team’s GM (Sam Presti).

They didn’t move the team out of Seattle.

Clay Bennett moved the team and the rest of them had no choice. So if you’re gonna hate, direct it toward Bennett, not the players.

I’m not much of an NBA fan these days but, wow, Kevin Durant is a joy to watch. And, as far as I know, he’s never been in trouble with the law. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and conduct his business the right way.

So, while all of Washington state is hating on the Thunder, I’ll be rooting for them in the NBA Finals. Because I don’t think the players deserve any hate. And because, let’s face it, when you talk about unlikeable teams, there’s no team in the NBA that comes close to the Miami Heat.

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