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Willie Hope, The Sports Quotient

Durant Did What Anyone Might Have

Mark Whicker, Los Angeles Daily News

Where Might Westbrook Wind Up?

Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated

As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention in Oklahoma City turned to the future of Russell Westbrook. ...(full article)

This offseason, the unthinkable happened. First, Serge Ibaka was traded away to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, a move many thought would get Kevin Durant to stay. But Durant shocked t...(full article)

Last week, Kevin Durant became the first person in known history who was pressured to justify moving from Oklahoma to the Bay Area. Fortunately, all things must pass. Especially th...(full article)

When Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Golden State Warriors, he left an enormous, MVP-shaped hole in the state of Oklahoma. On Wednesday, I talked with Oklahoman sports co...(full article)

Kevin Durant shocked the world and officially chose the Warriors this week, and we'll have a lifetime to debate that decision. But for now, there is a more pressing question that...(full article)

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