There's no one in the NBA as closely tied to Seattle's professional basketball history as Kevin Durant.
Players such as Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine and Dejounte Murray are from the Seattle area, but Durant actually got to suit up for the Supersonics (Wizards forward Jeff Green is the other former Sonics player still active in the NBA).
Durant only spent his rookie season in Seattle before the team moved to Oklahoma City, but Durant has fond memories of his year in the Pacific Northwest and had repeatedly said that he'd love to see the NBA return to the city where his career began.
With the recent news about the NHL awarding Seattle an expansion NHL team, Durant was asked about potentially owning an NBA team that could bring basketball back to the city.
"Hell yeah," Durant said about owning an NBA team. "Of course I would. No matter if it's Seattle or any team, just to help young men grow. Or help men in the next phase of their lives as basketball players."
The Warriors played a preseason game in Seattle, and Durant addressed the crowd wearing a throwback Shawn Kemp jersey telling reporters before that the city has a great basketball history and he believes that basketball will return.
Should he ever be in the position to bring the NBA back to Seattle, Durant believes it would be a great story.
"It's just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there," Durant said. "More than any city in the league probably. Look, it would be a great story. But it would be a lot of hard work. It won't be easy because it's Seattle. After the press release and the first couple of weeks it's straight to work. I know people want to tie me into Seattle a lot, and I love being part of that, but I'm not just waiting for that opportunity."
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