“I think they'll have to be intentional about keeping connected,” Lankard said.
Skype will be their friend.
But while basketball may keep them away from each other for extended periods, it can also bring them closer. They have known each other since high school, when both were standouts in the Washington, D.C., area. While he only spent a year at Texas, she had a great four-year career at Virginia. Now a fourth-year pro in the WNBA, she's a big-time contributor off the bench for Minnesota.
Pair her with Durant, one of the best two basketball players in the world, and you've instantly got one of the top power couples in the sports world.
Both Durant and Wright know what it takes to be a professional basketball player. Workouts. Practices. Weights. Film. Road trips. Home stands.
“They're more understanding of what's required,” Lankard said of spouses who have the same careers. “There's not as much, ‘I can't believe you're working 12 hours a day.'”
The bottom line, though, is that this marriage will take work. Every marriage does.
But Thunder fans everywhere should be pulling for this union to work, for this to be wedding bliss. Remember, a good marriage is good for Durant, and what's good for Durant is good for the Thunder.
I mean, he was getting serious with Wright this past season, and he had his best year as a pro.
Maybe, but the relationship sure didn't hurt his performance. No reason to think marriage will.
“His game shouldn't suffer,” Lankard said.
Marriage will change Durant — it changes everyone — but it might just be for the better.
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