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Q&A: Kevin Durant talks about his brief high school baseball career

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013
Kevin Durant with Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. / AP photo
Kevin Durant with Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. / AP photo

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

With an off-day in San Francisco on Thursday, before a game against the Warriors on Friday, Kevin Durant and some teammates visited AT&T Park for the Giants-Rockies game.

And after a meet and greet with players and an autograph signing for some fans, Durant visited with the local media for a brief interview.

For a full transcript, click here for the MercuryNews.com story. But below, I’ve provided the highlights, which include Durant talking about his short-lived and unsuccessful high school baseball career.

Q: How into baseball are you? 

A: Every chance I get to watch it, I try to. It’s tough during the season. After July I watch. I’m a big Nationals fan, but I’m also a fan of the Giants as well.

Did you ever play baseball? 

A little bit in high school, but I stuck with basketball,

You might be pretty good in the outfield, bringing (home runs) back.

Yeah that’d probably be my specialty. But I’ll stick to playing basketball.

What position did you play in high school?

I was a 6-9 first baseman my junior year. It was a tough adjustment for me, but I had fun.

Could you hit the curveball?

I couldn’t hit any ball. I got a few guys out, though, so I guess I did a little something.

Any baseball players you’re close to?

I don’t know too many guys personally, but just watching the game, I’ve seen these guys win the World Series. That road they took, you can take some things from them and put into our game — how they fought after being down, and how they came together as a team. They’ve been at a championship level for awhile now.

(While Durant may not be an asset to a professional lineup – Can you imagine his strike zone? – I’m sure there are more than a few loose-armed MLB infielders who wouldn’t mind a 6-foot-9 first baseman over there snagging some errant throws.)

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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