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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant happy for Seattle, sad for Sacramento

Durant: “It's a great day for the Seattle fans and a tough day for Sacramento fans. I've been a part of that whole deal.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 24, 2013

“I remember every minute of the game,” Durant said. “We played Dallas. They were fighting for, I think, the fifth or sixth seed in the playoffs. We wanted to be a spoiler and just make it tough on them. It was a back and forth game and I remember I hit a shot to put us up one with a couple of minutes to go and I couldn't hear anything walking to the bench. And that's how loud it was in there.

“Those fans, they want you to just play your heart out and they'll support you. It's going to be cool to go back there and play as an opposing team. I know they're not going to show Oklahoma City as much love as we'd like. But it'll be fun to play in there. So we'll see what happens.”

Having lived through a tumultuous lame duck season, Durant said he expects current Kings players to pick his brain about the uncertainty at some point Friday. He isn't exactly sure what to tell them.

“It's just a tough situation because you really have no control,” Durant said. “You just got to get up and leave and go to a new city, a new environment.”

Thunder guard Kevin Martin, meanwhile, is facing the possibility of playing his final game in the city he was drafted to. Sacramento selected Martin with the 26th overall pick in 2004. He played his first 5½ seasons with the Kings before being traded to Houston.

“I definitely feel for the community of Sacramento because they have one of the greatest fan bases in the league,” Martin said. “I have nothing but positive things to say about them just because I know how bad they want their team there and I know how much that city needs their team there.

“When I first got there, and throughout my years there, it was like a mirror image (to Oklahoma City). They love NBA basketball. It was a connection like it is in Oklahoma with the community and the team, just thriving off of each other.”

Martin expects Friday's game to be emotional.

“Oh yeah. I've been talking to a couple of people about it,” he said. “I know how that city embraced me when I was there and whenever I go back. So that's going to be very tough to swallow knowing that Friday could be my last game playing in there.”