Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for a better job in a more vibrant locale with the Golden State Warriors, and wouldn't you know it, some people aren't too happy about it.
Charles Barkley, who at least twice demanded a trade to a contender during his playing days, accused the lanky superstar of "cheating" his way to a championship. Thunder fans called him a traitor and fired assault rifles at a burning effigy made up of his jersey.
You know what these people sound like? Babies.
Or, at best, four-year-olds, because those critical of Durant's doing what is in his own best interest sound just about as rational as four-year-old Durant superfan Jake Brown, who reacted like this to the seven-time All-Star's departure.
But when he found out where Durant was headed, Brown had the fortitude to resist any urge to support the Warriors.
Nice job, little man.
Look, as a basketball fan, I'm not happy about Durant's decision, either. The NBA is more interesting to me when more teams have a chance to win the championship, and KD's leaving OKC certainly knocks them out of the running, and cuts the list of contenders from four to three (Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs … maybe).
But don't blame Durant for making a decision that's best for him. Blame the league's CBA for making it possible for the Warriors to assemble a probably unstoppable super team. Or blame the players union, who voted against an artificial smoothing of the salary cap increase, which would have prevented stacked teams from suddenly having max cap space to add yet another superstar.
Otherwise you sound like a crying four-year-old.