Kevin Durant Pays Tribute To Shawn Kemp In NBA Preseason Return To Seattle

Kevin Durant's return to his inaugural NBA 'residence base' was met with the warmest of receptions. His Golden State Warriors and their opponents, the Sacramento Kings, converged on impartial floor to compete in an NBA preseason tune-up. Inevitably the matchup was put in place with Durant in thoughts, because the preseason is commonly the lone event the league's entrance workplace will get to tour their product in non-NBA cities. It so occurs that Seattle has a wealthy NBA historical past, one which Kevin Durant is aware of all too properly.

The most heartwarming second for the Seattle devoted got here because the gamers from the defacto 'residence facet' have been being launched. Kevin Durant lept to his toes as his identify was saying, brandishing the shamrock inexperienced of a mid-90s Shawn Kemp Supersonics jersey, later sharing a couple of heartfelt phrases with the group as soon as the lights re-emerged within the venue.

Durant's connection to the Seattle-area was shortlived as a result of Sonic's relocation to OKC in 2008. After the sport, Durant shared his ideas with ESPN, regarding the jitters main as much as the opening tip, and most significantly, his pre-game talking engagement. His coach Steve Kerr whose profession paralleled the "Reign Man" period in Seattle, was consequently hit with a bizarre set of feelings because the Warriors have been being referred to as to the ground.

"When I wakened from my pregame nap I used to be simply nervous," Durant stated after the ultimate buzzer. "I've by no means felt that means coming right into a sport, particularly a preseason sport. But simply realizing this entire factor was sort of arrange for that second, I suppose. It was only a loopy feeling to return out and really feel that a lot love from the fan base."

The Golden State held on to win 122-94, with Durant pouring out 26 factors in precisely 26 minutes of motion.