When Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant made his return to Oklahoma City last season, he wasn't exactly met with a warm welcome.
Instead, the former Thunder star faced jeers and boos from his former home fans, who were upset at him for signing with the Warriors.
However, the move clearly paid off for Durant, as he helped lead the Warriors to their second title in three years, picking up his first championship ring in the process.
While appearing on a "Tasty" video on Facebook recently, Durant said he was particularly motivated by OKC fans calling him a cupcake for leaving (via SportingNews.com):
"My favorite memory of red velvet is being called a cupcake every time I touched the ball in Oklahoma City, that was fun," the now Warriors forward said. "Me being called a cupcake was never serious to me, but to have my teammates support me and just to make a joke about it again that's why it's so funny to us."
Now he has a new sneaker that is playfully called "Red Velvet," so he clearly has used the taunts as motivation.
In an ad for the shoes, Durant said he came to appreciate how creative fans were getting with their insults and decided to get creative in turn when it came to naming his new sneakers:
"It's all in fun and games, but to have that support from your teammates especially when you're going through a new experience like that it was really refreshing to see them support me," he said. "It definitely showed that the fans really get creative and invested in their team and the sport of basketball."
Now a full year removed from his decision to leave the Thunder, it will be interesting to see how Oklahoma City fans react to Durant's return this season.
The Warriors are expected to be title favorites once again, but the Thunder made a big move over the offseason to try to challenge Golden State.
In addition to having MVP point guard Russell Westbrook returning, the Thunder made a big trade for star forward Paul George, sending Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo to the Indiana Pacers in the process.
Though George isn't quite on the same level as Durant, it'll be interesting to see how he pairs up with Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double last season. If PG-13 and Westbrook can co-exist on the court, it could be a great year for OKC fans, who need to move on from the KD era.