Mixed emotions still run through various fanbases regarding the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward, but other than the OKC fans, no fanbase might express as much disappointment than Wizards fans.
In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Durant expressed why he did not want to return to his hometown that he often loves to represent:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 27, 2017
“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.”
Along with that, Durant expressed that his time was done in the DMV area, so it was time for him to move on to a different life.
“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 said. “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.”
As coming home for the first time as a Warrior wasn’t enough of a story, Durant will also face his former Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks for the first time as well. Talk about a double whammy. Either way, this will be an entertaining game. The Wizards, coming off of a home loss to the Utah Jazz, will hope to avenge that loss to beat the team that has become the fastest team to clinch a playoff berth this season.
No matter what happens, Wizards fans will possibly always find a space in their hearts for the beloved local, but tonight, it’s simply business, that hopefully ends with a W in the win column.