Kevin Durant: Seattle ‘most definitely’ deserves an NBA franchise
Kevin Durant can rely upon personal experience when praising Seattle as a great basketball town. And with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings set to play an exhibition Friday at the city’s KeyArena, Durant is openly campaigning for the NBA’s return to the Emerald City.
“For sure,” Durant told ESPN. “Most definitely. It’s a basketball city. It’s a sports town. 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 of course spent the rookie season of his NBA career playing in Seattle with the Supersonics — who selected him with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft — before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and were rebranded the Thunder. Durant said last week how it was “very devastating how we up and left in the middle of the night.”
Friday’s preseason game marks the first time an NBA game — exhibition or otherwise — has been played in Seattle in over 10 years. And a nostalgic Durant cannot wait for it.
“Even though it’s just a preseason game and it’s one game, hopefully we can give them a nice little show for the night,” Durant said last week. “But I’m looking forward to going back and playing in front of that crowd again, and I know my teammates are going to be excited as well. The energy is going to be amazing in the building.”
With Seattle making significant progress in bringing an NHL expansion team to the city, is it possible that one day the NBA will make a return? Durant, among countless others, certainly hope so.