If there are others who cannot help themselves, Crouse does not entertain any fantasies that Durant will ever return to the Thunder. Crouse values loyalty.
“He left,” he said. “And I can understand that. But I don’t really like him anymore.”
Heavner, one of Crouse’s teammates, attended several Durant-era games at Chesapeake Energy Arena, including one in January 2014 when Durant scored a career-high 54 points in a narrow win over the Warriors. Heavner said he had looked up to Durant. He tried to emulate his shooting stroke.
“He could score the ball with such ease,” Heavner said.
As for the N.B.A. All-Star Game this month, when Westbrook and Durant will be reunited as teammates for the Western Conference, Heavner offered Westbrook some unsolicited advice.
“I hope he doesn’t pass him the ball,” Heavner said.
Green, the coach at Southeastern, where Dennis Rodman was a star player in the mid-1980s, said he would never blame a professional athlete for pursuing another opportunity. It is a business, after all.
“Players get traded, and coaches get fired,” Green said. “Billy Donovan, he’s doing a great job coaching…