well steelman, you had a take and it didnt suck
as a sonics fan i enjoyed the article and thought it was well written. the running theme of durant being "all smiles" was a nice technique and helped your premise and article from becoming bland or stagnant.
downplaying the "big 3" as virtual nobodies, only to show what an opportunity it was for them to make their "own history" and pave their own path, so to speak, was a nice touch and method.
all in all, i found it to be pretty professional.