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Durant’s homecoming to OKC is finally over; what have we learned over the past 8 months?

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As Thunder fans are all aware, Kevin Durant made his first return to Oklahoma City, the team that drafted him and where he called home for 8 seasons before departing to join the Golden State Warriors. The moment, if not the game itself, was a contentious affair that lived up to its billing as must-see TV.

Naturally, Phil Naessens and I had to discuss the aftermath and what it means going forward. I must admit, I ranted in this episode a little more than normal, so I hope you enjoy a little bit of “Sherman unplugged.”

From Phil:

On this week’s Phil Naessens Show Kevin Durant finally returned to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder. He also seemed to enjoy playing the victim while pretending to be the villain. Welcome to Loud City Managing Editor J.A. Sherman joins Phil to discuss Saturday night’s game, if Russell Westbrook is the NBA MVP and much more Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA talk.

You can listen to the episode right here! Am I on point? Off base? Let me know in the comments below.

addendum: If you’re interested in better understanding the actual sequence of events leading up to Durant’s departure, as well as the details of the aftermath that nearly all of which the media has rather interestingly chosen to ignore, choosing instead to go with the easy “employment change” angle, you can find RK’s breakdowns that I reference here and here. He chronicled it all step by step, probably because he’s our resident curmudgeon and maybe a little nuts.