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Kevin Durant opts for the Golden State Warriors in a free agency upset

Kevin Durant opts for the Golden State Warriors in a free agency upset

When Kevin Durant strode onto a stage to accept the NBA’s most valuable player award two years ago wearing a blue suit matching the Oklahoma City Thunder’s uniforms, he held his adopted city in a tight embrace and seemingly never wanted to let go.

He thanked fans and detailed the contributions of each teammate during one of the most heartfelt acceptance speeches in sports history. A short film showed locals gushing over what Durant’s presence had meant to a city that had received more than $1 million in donations from the superstar forward for tornado relief and a school for the homeless.

Outside the Thunder’s old practice facility, where the event...

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