Because of some well-known circumstances, a large bulk of Kevin Durant’s explosive introduction to the NBA was spent in Oklahoma City, not Seattle.
What a treat it’s been for Thunder fans. But what a bummer it must remain for loyal Sonics fans, all of whom have had to sit back and watch their could-have-been superstar ascend to ridiculous national heights, capturing three scoring titles and making four All-Star appearances before his 25th birthday.
But on Sunday, at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am game in Seattle, KD gave the Emerald City a little up-close taste of what they’ve been missing. And the Thunder superstar, who couldn’t make up for five years of lost time, certainly tried his best.
Durant, who played all but 15 seconds of the 51-minute game, scored 63 points on a slightly ridiculous 62 shots, hoisting up long-range bombs (8-of-32 from three) like Carmelo Anthony if you told him his paycheck rested solely on his scoring average.
And why not? The packed gym of more than 3,000 came to see Durant showcase his all-world scoring skill, not his improved ability to make the correct pass and play proper post defense.
But this night was all about Durant and Seattle, a place he spent his first professional season and still seems to adore.
“I just want to say I miss you guys. Thank you for the warm welcome. I can’t wait to come back,” Durant said to the fans postgame, according to the AP, before sending the following tweets: