Kevin Durant can't escape DC talk, but he's trying

Kevin Durant can't escape DC talk, but he's trying
July 30, 2014, 5:00 pm
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There is at least one person apparently tired of all the Kevin Durant-to-Wizards talk on Twitter. That person is Kevin Durant. 

Once upon a time - like last month - the idea of the Seat Pleasant native returning to the area when he becomes a free agent in 2016 was an adorable topic discussed among dreamers who doubled as Wizards fans.

Then LeBron James announced he would return to play for his hometown team and the number of KD to DC dreamers grew.

Then came word that part of the calculus in letting Trevor Ariza walk in free agency involved leaving the team with financial flexibility for the summer of 2016. The Durant buzz then became real and conversations on the streets and over the airwaves began happening in the light of day.

The Wizards were praised for their offseason moves involving the additions of Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. Part of the love involves competing for the East title in 2014. Another part involves that these deals can all go away by 2016.

Now Durant is in Las Vegas for Team USA's training camp. So are national media members. Good luck finding a site with a viable basketball section that didn't have something on this topic over the last 24 hours. The sheer volume of attention to the idea of Durant returning home already had some asking if we need to tap the brakes on such talk.

This isn't just gossip. These are questions being asked directly to Durant. The nice guy that he is, he answers in some way as he did with ESPN's Darren Rovell.  The transcription is below. You can watch the interview here and if you do, notice Durant's reaction at the 10-second mark when he realizes the D.C. question is coming. I'm no body language expert, but his head drops and then shakes, right? (I'm only inferring he's tired of the question in a way one might be get tired of eating Chicken Parmesan for the fourth straight day even if its a favorite meal).

Anyway, here's what he said (h/t The Oklahoman for the transcription)

Q: Although you’re two years away, you knew people were going to start talking about you back-to-the-D.C.-area potential for the Wizards when that comes. How much do you think about that?

A: “I don’t think about it at all unless somebody brings it up. I focus on my teammates, the organization, these great fans in Oklahoma City, the state of Oklahoma and fighting for them every single day … put my body on the line for them every single night. So, that’s all I’m worried about. I can’t tell the future. I’m just trying to focus on today, getting better for today, and getting better for the organization, the city, my teammates, the fans … everybody in Oklahoma.”

You have an idea of what’s going on about (Washington Wizards guard Blake) Beal and (guard John) Wall and (center Marcin) Gortat, and your high school coach (David Adkins) … (are you) at least looking at it?

“Yeah, I mean, I’m from there. I grew up watching that team play. I always want all my hometown teams to do well, including the Wizards, so I definitely keep an eye on them. But I keep an eye on everybody in basketball … I’m just a follower of the game. Of course, being my hometown team, I want everybody in that city to do well, from the Redskins to the Capitals to the Nationals to the Wizards, so I’m making sure I’m rooting for those guys.”

You said yesterday that every time you go on Twitter, and people are needling you about going back to the Wizards. Bother your or a part of life?

“It’s a part of it (life). I’m just gonna delete my Twitter from my phone.”

Is that a joke, or no?

“That’s real. That’s not a joke.”

It's also no joke that we have two more years until 2016. Pace yourself, folks. That goes for your friendly neighborhood and national sports writers as well.

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