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Kevin Durant wants the Oklahoma City Thunder to retire his number 35 jersey number

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Kevin Durant has had a lot to say about the Oklahoma City Thunder since leaving the franchise to join the Golden State Warriors last year.

In a huge Twitter blunder over the summer, he inadvertently explained the reasons behind his departure stating that he had no faith in head coach Billy Donovan and didn't think there was enough talent on the team to win a championship besides Russell Westbrook.

It has strained the relationship between himself and his former team and fans even more and he is sure to get another unwelcome reception when he takes to the floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season.

But regardless of how they feel towards him, KD still has strong feelings for the city and the people he worked with for nine years and is hoping they have an appreciation for him too.

In recent interviews with GQ's Zach Baron and Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher, the reigning Finals MVP hit us with a wave of revelations and, in particular, his relationship with various members of the OKC organisation.

“Those people really mean a lot to me to this day,” he told Bucher. “No matter if they talk to me or they’re mad at me. Whether it’s Sam Presti or Troy Weaver or Russell Westbrook or Nick Collison. I love them from the bottom of my heart. We’re not talking, but eventually we will.

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“I didn’t have that perspective at first. I didn’t have it when I went back to OKC. I was like, ‘F*** all of them.’ I didn’t have it when they gave my number away. I was, ‘F*** all of them.’ My best friend works for the team, I told him, ‘F*** all y’all. That’s f***ed up.’

"Then I had to get out of my head, tell myself, ‘It’s not that serious, it is what it is.’ I understand it’s not my number anymore, they can do whatever they want with it, but you hand that number to a two-way player, you’ve got to be, like, ‘Nah, we’ve got too many good memories with this number, man.’

"But at some point, that thing’s going to be in the rafters anyway; it’s all good. I did something they didn’t like. They did something I didn’t like. S*** happens.If I was on my death bed, I guarantee you Sam Presti and Russell Westbrook would come check on me. So I’m going to look at it that way rather than the other way.”

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He's referring to the Thunder giving away his former number 35 jersey to rookie guard P.J. Dozier, whom they signed to a two-way contract just before the start of the season.

Durant faces his former team for the first time this year on Wednesday and we can certainly expect a raucous crowd and hostile atmosphere to welcome him back to Oklahoma City.

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NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
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Russell Westbrook
Pacific Division
Golden State Warriors
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