Leave Dwyane Wade Alone for Calling OKC "Boring"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss@SherwoodStraussSenior Writer IMarch 20, 2017

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Dwyane Wade made some unflattering comments about Oklahoma City (via CBSSports.com):

  • On Durant's stardom: "Sometimes it's where you're at. If he was in Los Angeles, Chicago, somewhere, it would be a little different. Being in Oklahoma kind of dims his light a little bit, not him on the basketball court but him off the court."
  • On evening plans: "There's not a lot of exciting things going on out here,"
  • More on evening plans: "Trying to think [about] the game but also take time away from the game as well. Pretty boring."

I fail to see how this is much worse than the million pejorative things Charles Barkley has said about Oklahoma City in the past. We should all be adults and admit a) OKC isn't America's most exciting city, and b) Kevin Durant would be a bigger star, in say, New York

Media members have been saying as much about basketball's newest market since its inclusion. It's smaller and not exactly a tourist destination. In that relative quietude, Sam Presti and co. have built a monster team. In that relative quietude, that monster team attracts a crowd that produces anything other than quietude. 

So, credit to the Thunder, but let's not act like population is meaningless. Big markets amplify star power. If they did not, Linsanity would have been much more sane. If you rip Wade for being honest in response to media questions, you're part of the process that makes athletes clam up or lie when faced with interesting questions.