There isn’t any one within the NBA as intently tied to Seattle’s skilled basketball historical past as Kevin Durant.
Gamers resembling Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine and Dejounte Murray are from the Seattle space, however Durant really bought to swimsuit up for the Supersonics (Wizards ahead Jeff Inexperienced is the opposite former Sonics participant nonetheless lively within the NBA).
Durant solely spent his rookie season in Seattle earlier than the crew moved to Oklahoma Metropolis, however Durant has fond reminiscences of his 12 months within the Pacific Northwest and had repeatedly stated that he’d like to see the NBA return to the town the place his profession started.
With the latest information in regards to the NHL awarding Seattle an growth NHL crew, Durant was requested about doubtlessly proudly owning an NBA crew that might carry basketball again to the town.
“Hell yeah,” Durant stated about proudly owning an NBA crew. “In fact I’d. Regardless of if it is Seattle or any crew, simply to assist younger males develop. Or assist males within the subsequent part of their lives as basketball gamers.”
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The Warriors performed a preseason recreation in Seattle, and Durant addressed the gang carrying a throwback Shawn Kemp jersey telling reporters earlier than that the town has an amazing basketball historical past and he believes that basketball will return.
Ought to he ever be within the place to carry the NBA again to Seattle, Durant believes it could be an amazing story.
“It is simply the truth that I performed there and I get a lot love there,” Durant stated. “Greater than any metropolis within the league most likely. Look, it could be an amazing story. However it could be a number of laborious work. It will not be straightforward as a result of it is Seattle. After the press launch and the primary couple of weeks it is straight to work. I do know individuals need to tie me into Seattle quite a bit, and I really like being a part of that, however I am not simply ready for that chance.”