When Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant made his lone visit to Washington D.C. last season, Wizards fans regaled him with cheers, signs and more in an attempt to “recruit” him back home. There was even an in-game promotion on the jumbotron that involved Durant and the Wizards.
In a recent interview with Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports, Durant said he wasn’t all that flattered by the attention. In fact, he said it was disrespectful:
“It was crazy. It was crazy,” Durant said. “It was kind of disrespectful, in my opinion, because you’ve got a great team there already, that deserves your full, 100 percent support. And I wouldn’t like that if I was on that team. And I didn’t like that. But it comes with it nowadays. It’s a part of it.
“I’m really not good with attention,” he said. “I really don’t like all this stuff to be centered around me. It comes with it, it’s a part of it, but I’m still getting used to it. I learned to embrace it a little bit more, but it’s still a little awkward for me.”
For what it’s worth, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal agreed with Durant’s assessment, and they’re probably right. It’s a bit bizarre for fans to show so much support for an opposing player, no matter the situation.
Nevertheless, the scene will likely be similar when Durant and the Thunder take on the Wizards in the nation’s capital on Tuesday night. It’ll likely be the one time Wizards fans get to see Durant before his free agency next summer, so they’ll try to make an impression.