Kevin Durant On Why He Didn’t Sign With Hometown Wizards

Kevin Durant grew up in Prince Georges County in DC bouncing from apartment to apartment with his family. The sights and experiences he endured there shaped him into the person he is today. However, Durant had no desire to return to his hometown during free agency. He didnt give a reason then, but upon his return last night, which wasnt the homecoming Durant envisioned, he opened up. 

Stephen A. Smith reports that he will be out the rest of the regular season, but should be fine for the playoffs. Thats great news for Golden State fans. In the meantime, Durant felt the need to elaborate on his decision to shun his hometown Wizards this past summer.  There’s no doubt he would have made the Wizards a formidable opponent for LeBron’s Cavs in the East. 

Even though Durant got physically injured, his peace of mind improved after getting it off his chest. 

I dont want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didnt 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.

I was like, Im 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. I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now its time to do something new. I didnt want to come back. Thats just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.

It was just like, All right, that part of my life Ive conquered already. Whats next?

It seems, an exhale because Golden State dodged a bullet, and some rest and recuperation in preparation of a playoff run is the next step.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.