Kevin Durant had previously said he believed that Seattle deserves another NBA team, but he took that idea one step further on Friday.
Playing in Seattle during a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in the city’s KeyArena, Durant made his way onto the court sporting a Shawn Kemp SuperSonics jersey and addressed the crowd.
Let’s just say the crowd was pleased.
Kevin Durant rocks a Sonics jersey in Seattle
KD really rocked the Shawn Kemp Sonics jersey 🔥🔥🔥
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 6, 2018
Durant also addressed the crowd, thanking the fans for their support.
“First off, I want to give the Seattle Storm for holding it down and winning a championship. Much love,” Durant said while addressing the crowd. “And on behalf of myself, NBA, my organization and my teammates, I’d like to thank you guys for coming out and supporting us. I know it’s been a rough 10 years. NBA is back in Seattle for tonight, but hopefully it’s not forever soon.”
Durant wasn’t the only one player in the building giving Seattle some love, as Jamal Crawford was also in attendance with a very interesting shirt.
Jamal Crawford is sitting courtside wearing a shirt that has a picture of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton the front … seven seats down from Payton.
— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) October 6, 2018
Durant has lobbied for NBA to return to Seattle
This isn’t the first time the Golden State Warriors superstar has lobbied for the NBA to return to the city where he got his start in the league, as he previously called Seattle a “basketball city” during an interview with ESPN.
“For sure,” Durant told ESPN. “Most definitely. It’s a basketball city. It’s a sports town. … They have a good representation of basketball in the NBA from Seattle-born players, Washington state-born players. And I feel like that whole brand deserves an NBA team. Just like theGolden State Warriorsdeserve a team or the Los Angeles Lakers deserve a team, Seattle is that same way. [A team] has that same type of impact in the community. So [we have] a lot of time in life before this whole thing is over, and I’m sure we’ll see a team before it’s time.”
When will Seattle get another NBA team?
Well wishes aside, it appears Seattle is very well-positioned to receive an NBA team soon, just not in the immediate future.
It was reported earlier Friday that the NBA doesn’t have expansion plans “anywhere on its timeline” and the earliest an expansion could happen is 2025, when the league will negotiate a new TV deal. There’s also the possibility of the Memphis Grizzlies moving to Seattle, but that could be a long shot.
That all hasn’t stopped Seattle from approving a $750 million renovation of the KeyArena, which should make the stadium functional by 2021 for a possible NHL team … and perhaps an NBA team in the more distant future. When or if that happens, you can bet Durant will be one of the many happy for a city that has had a very visible hole in its sports scene for years.
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