Kevin Durant grew up in Prince George’s County in DC bouncing from apartment to apartment with his family. The sights and experiences he endured there shaped him into the person he is today. However, Durant had no desire to return to his hometown during free agency. He didn’t give a reason then, but upon his return last night, which wasn’t the homecoming Durant envisioned, he opened up.
Stephen A. Smith reports that he will be out the rest of the regular season, but should be fine for the playoffs. That’s great news for Golden State fans. In the meantime, Durant felt the need to elaborate on his decision to shun his hometown Wizards this past summer. There's no doubt he would have made the Wizards a formidable opponent for LeBron's Cavs in the East.
Even though Durant got physically injured, his peace of mind improved after getting it off his chest.
“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.
“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. 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?’”
It seems, an exhale because Golden State dodged a bullet, and some rest and recuperation in preparation of a playoff run is the next step.