Kevin Durant is the core of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that has been one of the favorites in the NBA’s Western Conference over the past few years. However, if things have played out just a little bit differently, Oklahoma City may not have been the city that he was starring in.
Durant won the Rookie of the Year after the 2007-2008 season playing for the same franchise he plays with today. Of course, that season was the last year that the team was in Seattle before relocating to Oklahoma City, a move that still leaves many NBA fans and Seattle basketball fans bitter or, more likely, sad.
However, Durant returned to Seattle on Sunday, though it sadly wasn’t in NBA competition. Durant was playing as a part of Jamal Crawford’s pro-am and summer league competition instead. According to reports from ESPN, Durant didn’t disappoint as he notched an impressive 63 points, even if that did come on an unreal 62 field goal attempts.
The ESPN report noted that the city of Seattle was still behind Durant, with many of the fans wearing Durant jerseys from his one year in the city and as he was swarmed with fans as he tried to leave the arena, begging for autographs and pictures.
I don’t doubt for a second that the city of Seattle holds a warm place in their hearts for Durant, but they also have to still feel that sadness about what might have been. The Thunder are an extremely successful franchise, both on the court and in terms of the support from their city. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that this was once Seattle’s team and that they did nothing to lose that team. The city may still love Durant, but part of them has to wish it was them who Durant was trying to bring a title to, not OKC.