Kevin Durant was just 12 years old when the 9/11 attacks happened.
He still remembers.
In this piece by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Durant shares his memories of that devastating day. He was a middle-schooler at Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights, Md. He and other kids in his classroom heard the explosion of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon, which was roughly 12 miles from his school.
“I heard a big boom and I saw some smoke, and I was like, ‘What?’ ” Durant told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They let us out of school early and they said the Pentagon got hit. My mom said [on the phone] she could see the smoke from her job, so I was worried about her. My grandma came and picked me up and we heard planes flying over. Everyone was scared. It was like something out of a movie. It was tough for our neighborhood for something to hit so close. Something so important got destroyed and so many people died from it. It was crazy.”
Durant went on to say he shared the same fear as many other Americans in the aftermath of the attacks. He tells a story about how him and his mother boarded a plane a year later and were both scared. It was Durant’s first flight ever.
But unlike millions of Americans on Sunday night, Durant didn’t celebrate the news of the death of Osama bin Laden, the man who organized callous plane crashes in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
“I’m not big on rejoicing because we killed the enemy,” Durant said. “Jesus wouldn’t do that. …It’s big for our country. It’s someone they were looking for a long time. But I’m not into rejoicing over a killed enemy.”