Kevin Durant: Wall will "be big for the city"
Kevin Durant's college stardom may have happened in Texas, and his NBA stardom may have arrived in Oklahoma, but he's still essentially a D.C. kid, and he still follows his D.C. teams. He knows how excited people here were about winning the lottery, and he doesn't have much doubt about what John Wall will mean to the area.
"It's gonna be big for the city," Durant told me just before the NBA draft began last week. "Everybody's expecting him to come in and be that guy. They're waiting for him in D.C. I'm sure he'll love it out there. I know first-hand how the fans are and how the city is, and I'm sure he'll have a great time and be a great player out there...."
"Everywhere I go, guys tell me, tell John we can't wait for him to come back down here and become a Wizard. It's an exciting time for not just the Wizards but all D.C. sports right now...with Strasburg and with Wall and of course the hockey team is always doing well. I think getting the No. 1 pick kind of rebooted everybody and the energy just went sky high. So like I said, it's a fun time for D.C. sports."
Durant, of course, will be a restricted
unrestricted free agent next summer, and more than a few optimistic Wizards fans dreamed a few Wall-Durant dreams. Sorry. Put them away.
"No," Durant answered, when I asked if he's ever thought about coming home. "I mean, I'm just worried about Oklahoma City. I never envision myself playing at home, but you never know what'll happen. But I'm happy I'm in Oklahoma City, if that's what you're asking."
Still, Durant occasionally plies his trade at Barry Farm in the offseason. And as Mike Wise reported last week, Sam Cassell hopes to bring Wall by the Goodman League summer circuit so he can experience D.C. hoops. I asked Durant whether he'd help in that effort.
"I'm gonna try to do that," he said. "I'm gonna try. Me and John have been cool for a couple years now. Hopefully he comes down there and plays a little bit. Everybody's anxious and waiting for him to come down there and play."
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