Kevin Durant hasn’t forgotten where he began his NBA career, and that is providing a special feeling for Friday’s pre season game in Seattle.
The Golden State Warriors star would also like to see an NBA franchise return to the Pacific Northwest city.
“Most definitely. It’s a basketball city. It’s a sports town,” Durant told ESPN in advance of Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. “The brand of basketball in Seattle — just from how many NBA players they have in the NBA — they have a good representation of basketball in the NBA from Seattle-born players, Washington state-born players.
“And I feel like that whole brand deserves an NBA team. Just like the Golden State Warriors deserve a team or the Los Angeles Lakers deserve a team, Seattle is that same way. A team has that same type of impact in the community. So (we have) a lot of time in life before this whole thing is over, and I’m sure we’ll see a team before it’s time.”
Durant was the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and played one season with the Seattle SuperSonics before the franchise departed for Oklahoma City. He averaged 20.3 points and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.
He said he enjoyed his season in Seattle and often wonders how things would have worked out if the team didn’t relocate.
“I had no control over it,” Durant said. “Obviously, I look back on it and picture what it would have been like to live there and play there, but I had no control. I spent some great, great years in Oklahoma City, and that path was perfect for me.