Kevin Durant Reveals Why The Washington Wizards Were Never An Option
Kevin Durant had the most highly-anticipated decision since LeBron James this past summer when he became a free-agent and signed with the Golden State Warriors. Although the fans of his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, were clearly upset with Durant, he also let Washington Wizards fans down who hoped he would return home.
Durant was born and raised in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area and just recently revealed why playing professionally in Washington was never an option for him. The Warriors will play the Wizards in D.C. on Tuesday and Durant explained his decision to leave his hometown behind in an interview with The Washington Post.
“I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home,” Durant said. “It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life–playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone.”
After making a name for himself on the court playing for Montrose Christian high school in Rockville, Maryland, Durant went on to become a standout at the University of Texas and onto the NBA.
“I was like, I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things,” Durant continued. “I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now it’s time to do something new. I didn’t want to come back. That’s just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.”
“It was just like, ‘All right, that part of my life I’ve conquered already. What’s next?'”
Apparently the chances of Durant coming to Washington were even less likely than anyone could have expected. Now it makes more sense why the D.C. native didn’t even take a meeting with his hometown team.
The Wizards have been doing just fine without Durant though. They have a 34-23 record and are in prime position to compete in the Eastern Conference come playoff time if they keep it up.