Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are very different people, this summer proved that more than anything else could.
Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, heading to the Golden State Warriors in his desire to get his hands on the Larry O'Brien Trophy, while Westbrook re-upped with the Thunder, giving the team that drafted him essentially two more years to prove they can be contenders again as well.
Two very differing decisions made by players with very different personalities. And those personalities may have been a bigger factor than people previously thought.
According to a piece by Royce Young, ESPN's Oklahoma City beat writer, Durant was never really comfortable being the huge star in OKC.
Young seems to be of the belief that part of KD's reasoning behind departing had to do with his desire to be out of the spotlight, encapsulated by bigger personalities than his on a bigger team.
"Durant always appeared to be the perfect fit with Oklahoma City, with his humble nature and down-home demeanor," he started off as saying.
"But [Durant] also was drawn to a bigger city, not necessarily for the brighter lights, but for the ability to blend."
"In Oklahoma City, Durant carried a larger-than-life burden everywhere he went. He’d privately lamented to friends an inability to be in public," Young would add.
While the attention on Durant now is greater than ever, his thinking does seem to make sense. A month or two into the new season and he won't be the biggest talking point anymore.
He can go back to just doing his job, letting Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson take the brunt of the stardom afforded to them.