adidas sandals Kevin Durant turned heads even as a rookie
The comments in the story, which is below and ran in the spring of 2008, predicted much of what was to come for Durant, a District native who is in town Tuesday night with the Golden State Warriors to face the Washington Wizards.
SEATTLE The indoctrination began when Kevin Durant angelic white Nikes hit Seattle pavement in mid summer. days. The Seat Pleasant Activity Center, where he learned the game, a touch under 3,000 miles away from his new work site, Seattle KeyArena.
Durant was heading to an introductory press conference where he would be flanked by two men who would shape, then reshape, the first year of his NBA life. Sonics general manager Sam Presti sat to his left. On his right, new owner Clay Bennett. Everybody smiled.
Turns out the meet and greet was a prelude to a season of tumult and learning for the three, particularly Durant.
Bennett is getting his schooling in Seattle civic arena. The owner is absorbed in legal battles, a result of trying to relocate the franchise to his native Oklahoma City.
Presti, 31, the youngest general manager in the league, twice stripped the roster, expelling the reliable and expensive in an attempt to better position the Sonics for the future.
Durant? He learning the thrill of scoring 30 points in Madison Square Garden needs to be left behind in the next charter jet wash. Same goes for the disappointment of a 3 for 17 night. The next game comes too quickly to be glowing or grumbling in the aftermath.
He learning his image isn always his. Before the first trip home, mom going to call about a home Kevin Durant party. It was to take place at the Water Street club H20, but Durant didn plan it or attend though two pictures of him grace the soiree flier above red letters stating are free all night. finding out you have to flip the switch and go to a signing at Electronics Boutique whether or not you tired.
He often reminded how much he hates to lose. After starting the season 0 8, the Sonics will later lose 14 consecutive games, a franchise record. Denver will make the club a national head shake by scoring 168 points against it. Seattle has only 15 wins, the lowest total in the Western Conference.
Regardless, Durant keeps grinding, building, growing, and, believe it or not, smiling.
the greatest job in the world but a lot of young kids think it all glamorous all the time, Durant said. have to be mentally tough, physically tough every night. He registered a paltry 28.3 percent from behind the 3 point line. He gone scoreless in a half. Turned it over eight times in one game. Made poor late game decisions. Postgame, he often laments missing shots he says he normally makes.
In fairness, it not a surprise. LeBron James averaged 20.9 points his rookie year, shooting 41.7 percent from the field. In his second season, James percentage rose to 48. Aiding James the first year were the four other Cleveland starters who averaged double figures. Durant has one teammate cracking the 10 point barrier, and that former Maryland star Chris Wilcox who averages 13.4 points per game.
you first come on to a team, especially when you are the No. 1 or No. 2 pick, you going to go to a team that isn going to be that good in the beginning, James said. not going to go the way you want it to every night. Some nights you know you can play better. from pre draft workouts about Durant struggle in the bench press led to T shirts picturing a barbell over the phrase, can bench more than Kevin Durant. His slender physique continues to be a target.