Last year at this time, Kevin Durant was battling the Spurs, soon to clinch a trip to his first NBA Finals with a 34-point, 14-rebound Game 6 masterpiece.
But this May, with a freak injury to his All-Star point guard leading to an early exit from the playoffs, Durant is just looking for a place to play and some decent competition.
Identifying a place shouldn’t be too tough. Walk up to any occupied court across the country, say ‘What’s up, I’m KD’, and after some fanfare, you’re more than likely on the next game. Finding some decent competition, however, for Durant’s standards, may be a little harder.
But this past weekend, it seems he got both at DeMatha High School, a D.C. area rival of Montrose Christian, where KD went to school.
As the Washington Post reports, Durant showed up at the gym on Saturday with three of his close friends. A number of local hoops products were already there, as is custom this time of year at DeMatha, including former Syracuse forward Arinze Onuaku, former Georgetown guard Austin Freeman and current Notre Dame forward Jerian Grant. But Durant, as is the case almost anywhere, was the big name.
“I didn’t know he was coming, but for somebody like me, it’s nice to get to watch talent like that play in our gym,” DeMatha coach Mike Jones, the grandfather of these pickup games, told the Washington Post. “I just have to turn on the lights and roll out the ball. Of course, when a guy like Kevin comes, everyone is excited. They all played hard, talked some trash and it was a high-level pickup game.”
To avoid autograph seekers and a potentially chaotic scene, Jones told the paper he locked the doors once Durant showed up.
But oftentimes that’s not the case when Durant, a basketball junkie who has trouble turning off the switch once the ‘offseason’ hits, shows up to play pickup somewhere. So stay tuned to the interwebs, because KD is sure to show up in random places across the country this summer (Rucker park style) and hopefully next time, it will be accompanied by some cell phone video and pictures, like the clip below.