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Basketball: Star player says he's ready to move

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: July 8, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. — Across the front of players' jerseys and on the schedule of the Orlando, Fla., summer league, two words spoke volumes — Oklahoma City.

The city's NBA team began its life with a bunch of young players in black jerseys and curious opinions about moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

"Personally, I didn't think we would move this soon,” NBA rookie of the year Kevin Durant told reporters. "I thought I would settle in Seattle, bought a house for my mom, and we moved out there, our family. That was my home. But it's a part of the business. We've got to get up and move. I'm looking forward to playing in a new city with new fans and we'll see what happens.”

Oklahoma City lost Monday's first game to Indiana. The squad will play the rest of the week in Orlando. After that, it will be back to its new home with a new jersey, a new nickname and new city of fans to get to know.

"I just feel for the (Seattle) fans,” Durant said. "But I'm still excited to play for Oklahoma City and I can't wait to get there.”

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