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Durant on OKC

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: March 14, 2008

At last night’s Sonics game against the Celtics, Sonics forward Kevin Durant weighed in on Oklahoma City’s NBA future, calling OKC a “great place for basketball.” Here’s a short story on what he had to say……

By Justin Rice

Special Correspondent

BOSTON — After a game against the NBA-leading Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics star Kevin Durant said Wednesday night that Oklahoma City could easily support pro basketball.

     “I was fortunate enough to play there for the Big 12 Tournament,” said Durant, the presumptive Rookie of the Year, after an 111-82 loss to Boston. “A lot of people came out, and that shows a lot; it’s a sign of how much they love sports in Oklahoma City. It was a great place to be for basketball.”

     Durant is the team’s present and future star, but he is just a bit player in the drama between the Oklahoma City-based Sonics ownership and the city of Seattle, which is suing to hold the team to the last two years of its lease. The Sonics have filed for relocation to Oklahoma City.

      “I love Seattle, it’s a great city,” Durant said before scoring a team-high 16 points against a Celtics team that desperately tried to draft him. “But there’s not a great deal I can do about it. You can’t pick where you go in the draft, and you can’t pick where you’re going to play as a team.

    “But wherever we do end up, we’re still the same team.”

 

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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