Man starts petition to change name of Durant, OK

Cameron Jourdan

Sports Reporter

@CJourdan81

A petition was created to change the name of Durant, OK after Kevin Durant's departure from the Thunder. (Robert Weston Jr., Flickr)
A petition was created to change the name of Durant, OK after Kevin Durant’s departure from the Thunder.
(Robert Weston Jr., Flickr)

An Oklahoma man has started a petition to change the name of an Oklahoma town.

Ryan Nazari of Edmond, Oklahoma, started a Change.org petition asking for 1,000 signatures to change the name of Durant, Oklahoma to Westbrook, Oklahoma.

Thunder fans were visibly upset after the July 4th decision when Kevin Durant chose the Golden State Warriors over the incumbent Thunder. Even the sight of Durant’s name is just too much to handle for Nazari.

Trying to garner support for his cause, Nazari wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen, the great state of Oklahoma has been betrayed. As many of you know, Kevin Durant has left our state, torn out our hearts, and left our beloved Oklahoma City Thunder in depleted shape. All of this after even being offered a cabinet position for the State of Oklahoma. It is because of this heinous action that I believe the State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to change the name of the City of Durant to Westbrook, the man who is loyal, whom we believe in, and who will lead our team to glory. Yes, it is understood that the city Durant was not named after the evil Kevin Durant, but it is just another hideous reminder of what happened to our community.”

The town of Durant is actually pronounced Doo-Rant, unlike the new Warriors forward’s last name. Oklahomans have also glorified Russell Westbrook, after his Aug. 4 decision to resign with the Thunder, inking a three-year deal worth $85 million. Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett also declared Aug. 4 “Russell Westbrook Day.”

As of 8:51 a.m. Friday, the petition had 1,801 signatures, with a new goal of 2,500 well within reach.

Post-KD Thunder has potential to be the best Thunder season yet. Will the Thunder be the team they have been the last few years? No, probably not, but they have potential to be something great.

In past seasons, we knew what to expect from the Thunder. Win 55-60 games, get a high seed in the playoffs and have a chance to go to the NBA Finals. This season, expectations are scattered because we don’t know what to expect. With new Thunder additions Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, Domontas Sabonis and Alex Abrines, combined with the blooming Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Enes Kanter, this roster may be deeper than it ever has been.

This will be the first year that Westbrook is undisputedly the leader of his team. It’s Westbrook’s time to put the league on notice and give Oklahoma City fans a show that they have never seen before.

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