Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant narrates ESPN piece on iconic Oklahoman photo from Moore tornado

“A Lasting Image” will air on “Outside the Lines” and “SportsCenter” on Sunday. The photo, taken by Paul Hellstern, shows first responder Jim Routon hugging his 7-year-old neighbor Hezekiah Darbon at Briarwood Elementary school on May 20 after a tornado destroyed the school.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 15, 2014

With the anniversary of the Moore tornado less than a week away, ESPN is airing a feature Sunday on an iconic photo after the tornado shot by Paul Hellstern of The Oklahoman.

In researching the story, ESPN producer Scott Harves said he thought what better person to narrate the piece than Thunder star Kevin Durant, who visited with survivors in the devastated area and donated $1 million to recovery efforts.

The photo shows first responder Jim Routon hugging his 7-year-old neighbor Hezekiah Darbon at Briarwood Elementary school on May 20 after a tornado destroyed the school.

“Although the story doesn’t involve Kevin Durant, his name kind of came up in one of the anecdotes as I was doing an interview with Hezekiah’s teacher,” Harves said. “It sort of dawned on me. If Kevin wouldn’t mind lending his voice to it, it would be a cool tie-in. Obviously, his support for the community is well-documented.”

In late March after Thunder practice, Durant provided the narration after watching a rough cut of the video.

“He said he got a little emotional watching it,” Harves said.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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