#yourtimeisnow was the hashtag used to announce the cover athlete for NBA 2K15, which turned out to be none other than the (at the time, soon-to-be) NBA MVP, Kevin Durant. Last month, I even wrote an article about how the campaign could end up prophetic at the end of the upcoming season that drew a slight bit of controversy.
Of course KD, as classy as he is, didn’t even try to hide the fact that he was dodging the question outright:
“It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does. I grew up watching the Bullets/Wizards. I grew up taking the train to that arena, all the time, to watch Georgetown, the Bullets, the Washington Mystics. That whole city is a part of me. It’s in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City too.”
And yet, he still managed to answer the question:
“I’m going to do what’s best for me.”
Although Rant Sports believes they already know the answer to that question. Per an article by Kareem Gantt:
“During an interview with ESPN, Durant went on about how much he supports the teams from his hometown of Washington D.C. He also admitted that he keeps tabs on the Washington Wizards, a team that many, including yours truly, consider to be a team on the rise.
“Many fans brushed off the interview as Durant just being Durant. But look it up on YouTube, watch it and read between the lines. Durant becomes a free agent in 2016, and his beloved Wizards will have enough cap space available to go after a big name free agent. One of those big name free agents the Wizards will be targeting is Durant, the hometown star.
“That is why it is important for the Oklahoma City Thunder to come out of the ultra-competitive West and win it all in the next two years. You would be kidding yourself if you think that Durant is not getting frustrated with the playoff ousters he has been suffering through for the past few years. You would also be kidding yourself if the Durant was not thinking about the prospect of playing for the team he grew up rooting for.”
He may have ended a sentence in a preposition, but I’m not here to proofread the man’s work. I’m simply analyzing the content. And honestly, he’s not wrong. I even echoed the sentiment myself during TI’s last roundtable discussion:
“It will all hinge on if Durant can win an NBA Championship in the next two seasons. If he does, he stays. If he doesn’t, he’s gone.”
Which is honestly why Scott Brooks will be in the hotseat for real for this upcoming NBA season. If he can’t get it done this year, the Thunder only have one shot left with Durant in their fold.
But I wouldn’t mind your take on it. What do you think? Have the Thunder now been officially put on the KD timetable? Yes or no?