Kevin Durant Returns To Seattle As Part Of His Charity’s New Basketball Court Initiative

Source: Forbes / Erik Matuszewski

Kevin Durant has special ties to Seattle, as it was the city in which he started his National Basketball Association career in 2007 at the age of 19.

Durant, the NBA’s 2013-14 Most Valuable Player, only played one season with the SuperSonics before the team relocated to Oklahoma City. But Durant, now a member of the Golden State Warriors, was back in Seattle this weekend to give back to the city that gave him his professional start, unveiling a completely renovated outdoor basketball court for underprivileged youth.

 Durant, 27, said he grew up playing on outdoor basketball courts in Washington D.C. and knows the impact of having safe and clean facilities at which to play after school.

“Every time we finish renovating or building a court and I see the lasting impression it leaves on the kids, I’m even more encouraged to find the next court we can fix up,” Durant said.

Seattle is the latest city involved in KDFC’s court renovation initiative, joining Oklahoma City (where Durant played the past eight seasons), his hometown of Washington D.C. and Berlin, Germany.

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