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Petition aims to change the name of Durant, Oklahoma to Westbrook

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DURANT, Okla. – A petition that aims to change the name of Durant, Oklahoma to Westbrook, Oklahoma is picking up steam.

Ryan Nazari, of Edmond, created the Change.org petition more than a month after former Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant decided to leave the team.

Durant’s decision made many uneasy about the future of the Thunder.

However, many of those fears were forgotten when Russell Westbrook announced his decision to extend his contract with the team.

“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than Oklahoma City,” Westbrook said during a press conference.

Nazari believes that the State of Oklahoma should change Durant, Oklahoma’s name to Westbrook to honor the man for being loyal to the team.

Ladies and gentlemen, the great state of Oklahoma has been betrayed. As many of you know, Kevin Durant has left our state, torn out our hearts, and left our beloved Oklahoma City Thunder in depleted shape. All of this after even being offered a cabinet position for the State of Oklahoma. It is because of this heinous action that I believe the State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to change the name of the City of Durant to Westbrook, the man who is loyal, whom we believe in, and who will lead our team to glory. Yes, it is understood that the city Durant was not named after the evil Kevin Durant, but it is just another hideous reminder of what happened to our community. Support the Cause. #WestbrookOK

The petition is picking up steam, gaining more than 260 signatures within 12 hours of its posting.