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Video: Kevin Durant highlights in his return to Seattle

Aug 11, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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Kevin Durant was supposed to usher the Seattle SuperSonics into a new age of dominance when the Portland Trail Blazers passed over him with the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. That obviously fell through when the Sonics relocated to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Durant returned to Seattle to play a little bit of basketball on Sunday afternoon.

And, according to everything available regarding the game, Durant showed Seattle everything they were expecting him to do for the Sonics.

Durant scored an amazing 63 points while playing in the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am on Sunday afternoon, according to Tim Booth of the Associated Press, but those 63 points came on 62 shots and in 50 minutes and 15 seconds of playing time. Not surprisingly, he also had a few highlights (courtesy of the always great guys over at Ball Is Life):

Durant obviously wasn’t only finishing nasty dunks if he took 62 shots to score 63 points, but the dunks captured above? Wow … not bad for a pro-am game, right?

As far as the top player on the other team was concerned, Jamal Crawford scored 46 points. Durant had fellow NBAer Spencer Hawes on his team, but Hawes reportedly wasn’t overly impressive — and eventually had to see his 58-point record be broken by his teammate, too.

  1. thekingdave - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I don’t think KD was expected to do anything for the Sonics or Seattle. It was accepted fact when Clay Bennett bought the team that they would eventually be in OKC. Educate me if I’m wrong Sonic fans.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      I think there was always a sense that they would move, but Bennett did openly talk about trying to build an arena in Seattle. Privately he was saying otherwise, but publicly he said he wanted to keep the team in Seattle. So there was a feeling in Seattle that they could stay.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      It wasn’t “accepted” at all.

      • thekingdave - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        After refreshing my memory, sure as hell looks like it. Bennett purchased the team in summer 2006 on the condition they negotiate in good faith for 12 months to keep the team in Seattle. Durant was drafted a year later, and it was announced November 2007 that they were moving to OKC at the expiration of their lease. If this doesn’t qualify as “accepted” fact, I don’t know what does.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        When Clay Bennet bought the team it was expected that the team would still stay in Seattle. The loss of the Sonics was only accepted after they left.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Actually, the team left before the expiration of the lease, which would have kept the team in KeyArena through 2010.

        They did make public attempts at building an arena, although whether they were genuine or not is up for debate. Most people believe they were just bluffing so they could fulfill the “good faith” clause.

      • thekingdave - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Man, talk about having your head buried in the sand. Let’s see. Guy from OKC forms investment group looking to bring NBA team to city after successfully hosting the NO Hornets during the Katrina aftermath. Guy from OKC buys NBA team in Seattle who has had no success in replacing the outdated Key Arena. Emails leak from the group revealing what everyone with half a brain knew all along, that they bought the Sonics to move to OKC. Guy from OKC announces in November 2007 that they will move to OKC by 2010. Again, your head was buried in the sand if you ever thought KD would usher in any kind of era in Seattle.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        The emails weren’t leaked until after the intention to move was announced, hence why the city of Seattle sued to prove the good faith effort never took place.

        You asked for Sonics fans’ opinions, and while I’m not a Sonics fan, I lived in Seattle at the time of the move. If you already had your opinion formed, you shouldn’t have asked and simply stated your opinion.

        I can tell you that the sense was that it was very likely the team moved, but it wasn’t an accepted fact. Bennett gave the outward appearances of attempting to build a new arena in Seattle for a good 8-9 months. Once the intention to move was announced, it became more of a reality, but remember, the Kings announced intentions to move twice in the last two years, so even then, there was still hope. It wasn’t really accepted fact until later in the 2007-08 season.

  2. payton2kemp - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM


    Not sure why you would say KD wasn’t expected to do anything for Seattle. He was one of the most promising players to ever come out of college that’s all. He won rookie of the year in Seattle and then we all found out what a crook Bennett is and that his goal from day 1 was to move the team. Bennett gave the previous owners and the city of Seattle his word that he would fight to keep the team in SEA. His actions were the opposite.

  3. payton2kemp - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I hate the Thunder but have no hard feelings toward KD. He’s shown us love by wearing a throwback Sonics hats during the playoffs and after the game today he mentioned how he can’t wait to come back to Seattle!

    The NBA doesn’t just owe us a team. They took one of the best players in the world from us!

  4. antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    26-62. 63 points. Yikes.

    • kevina18 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      In a nba game he would at least shoot 18 and get like 30 to 40 points

  5. sniffy44 - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    i dont see any defense getting played here

  6. trickybastard - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Serious revisionist history. There was a lot of hype when Durant got drafted to the Sonics and hopes were high.

    Seattle fans don’t want to admit the hurt. I’m glad after the fans rallied around stealing the Kings. Better luck next time…

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