In case you haven't seen it, The Oklahoman ran a piece about Kevin Durant being unreliable in Game 5 vs Memphis. In his column, Berry Tramel writes:
Durant went to the foul line three times – and made just one of two on all three trips, including a miss after Crawford’s interruption, when the Thunder trailed 100-99 with 27.5 seconds left in overtime, a score that held up at the end. For six years, Durant has shot foul shots on a string. Mister Automatic. Now he’s unreliable.
Fine, whatever. Now, read the comments sections on whatever national sports site you visit (go ahead, I'll wait)...
It's a debate on whether articles like this will force Durant to leave "poor, small market" Oklahoma City for a "major market," right?
What a ridiculous debate! Let's break this down: Cities like OKC have to treat Durant with kid gloves or suffer the consequences of Durant getting pissed and leaving...for cities like NYC or LA where the media criticism is 10000% worse? Makes sense to me!
I don't think fans even understand major markets vs. small markets. They just understand some of the bullet points that ESPN has been beating over our heads for 10 years.
If Durant leaves OKC, it won't be for LESS criticism elsewhere. Because it's EVERYwhere.