Durant hopes an NBA franchise returns to Seattle: 'It's a basketball city'

05 Octobre, 2018, 06:21 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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"But I still got a connection with the Northwest area, always going up there with Nike in Portland, making trips to Seattle here and there, just knowing that I'm always going to be a Sonic. The same allure that LeBron had towards the Los Angeles Lakers, just the building, the culture, is the same way I know that KD feels about the Knicks". [A team] has that same type of impact in the community. "I think no matter what jersey I put on, I think those fans know that".

On Friday, Golden State and Sacramento will play a preseason game in KeyArena in Seattle, the stadium that was once home to the SuperSonics.

The 30-year-old two-time NBA Finals MVP told ESPN on Tuesday that while he was settled in California, he was keeping his options open for 2019.

"The guys have been encouraging to him", assistant coach Ron Adams said. It's one of the top 10 [television] markets, I believe, in the United States. There are fewer teams on the West Coast, now we got to create these West Coast time slots for ESPN and TNT. We need a team in Seattle, but I'm not a proponent of expansion. Some days I think about my free agency, some days I don't. On FS1's "Undisputed", Haynes said the Knicks have a "Very good shot" at persuading Durant to join them. "Seattle's got to be number one on the list". I wish - I hope that they get a team again.

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But for now, Friday's game at KeyArena represents the first time an National Basketball Association game will be played in the city since the departure of the SuperSonics.

Durant is expected to receive a raucous ovation Friday night in front of a big crowd that will likely wonder what it would have been like to watch his career unfold up close.

"It's just where I want to play ball at, where I'm most comfortable, where I feel most at home, and I feel at home here", Durant said. "I spent a season there, and the fans were fantastic to me my first year there".

Durant added that it was "devastating" how the franchise "up and left in the middle of the night", and told ESPN that he understands how strong the passion is for basketball there. "The energy is going to be incredible in the building".

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