Depending on how you count it, Kevin Durant has only played for 2 or 3 teams in his career. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics, and stuck with the franchise when it moved to Oklahoma City and rebranded itself as the Thunder. It was a point of respect for a lot of people, who admired his loyalty in an era where players jump ship all the time. It’s part of the reason everyone turned on him when he signed for Golden State this summer.
Now Durant is winning back the hearts of some fans with new comments that show he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. He spoke recently about his time with the Supersonics in Sports Illustrated:
think about it all the time. The fans, the community, the leaders here in Seattle, they all embraced the team and the players, so I can imagine growing up here.
I was 19 when I started here, so growing up here would’ve definitely been amazing. I’d have learned a lot and met a lot of great people and really been into this city, really called this city home. But hey, other things happened.
But, I still feel really attached to this city.
He didn’t spend a long time in Seattle before the franchise was taken from the city, but he clearly has a serious attachment to it. When asked about the rumors of a revival of the Supersonics, he had this to say:
That’s what every player wants to see.
When you come around this community, it’s just an amazing feeling. Me along with every other NBA player wishes a team comes back here.
With an NBA expansion looming in the near future, Durant might get his wish. If they return soon enough, he could pull a LeBron and return to where he started after winning championships on a superteam.