‘More Impressive Than the Game Itself’: Jamal Crawford Reveals the Humble Side of Kevin Durant

Published 09/30/2021, 10:36 AM EDT


Kevin Durant is undoubtedly the most talented scorer in the league right now. And he has been a dominant scorer ever since he entered the league with the Seattle Supersonics. Even when the franchise moved to Oklahoma, he came back to the city for an iconic performance.

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In 2013, Kevin Durant agreed to appear in Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am League hosted in Seattle. Since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, it was his first time back in Seattle in a basketball capacity. In the 2007-08 season, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year in Seattle, and he still has a soft spot for the city where he made his professional debut.

On the day of the event, he did exactly what we expect out of a superstar. He dropped 63 points in 62 shots in almost 51 minutes on the court. A sensational homecoming that went down in the history books of the Summer Pro-Am League “The Crawsover”.

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“I just want to say I miss you guys,” Durant told a crammed small-college gym filled with about 3,000 fans, many in Durant’s old Seattle SuperSonics jersey. “Thank you for the warm welcome. I can’t wait to come back.” 

Jamal Crawford narrates a heart-warming story about Kevin Durant

Ballislife’s Twitter page posted a video commemorating this brilliant performance. Jamal replied with a story from that night, something that wasn’t public information before. He said that despite getting Durant out of the stadium safely, the young superstar willingly pulled over his car to engage with his fans.

Durant did not care about his own safety at that moment and pulled over on the side of the road to take pictures with his fans. This shows exactly how much Durant cares about his supporters. He acknowledges the key role his fans play in making him the superstar he is. Humble indeed.

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Durant’s love-hate relationship with fans across the NBA

Kevin Durant was a fan-favorite across the NBA until he joined the Golden State Warriors. The circumstances under which he joined the Warriors projected him as the villain. However, Kevin still embraced the love at Golden State and majorly ignored the hate from his fans. Durant won 2 championships with the Warriors and now finds himself in a better position with the fans. He holds himself accountable to the fans for the decisions he makes on the court.

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However, the 33-year-old is unwilling to deal with baseless allegations and criticism and has gotten into internet feuds with those looking to malign his name or question his capabilities.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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