Kevin Durant talked about Washington this week — well, he was asked about Washington, to be fair — and the #KD2DC trailer continued to rumble along on its 24-month fun-time web-clicks journey. Here was the most fun-time quote:
“I grew up watching the Bullets, Wizards. I grew up taking the train to that arena, all the time, to watch Georgetown, the Bullets, the Washington Mystics,” he said. “That whole city is a part of me. It’s in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City, too.”
And here was the inevitable response:
Washington Post: Kevin Durant on D.C. return: ‘Who knows what’ll happen? You never can close a door on anything’
USA Today: Could Kevin Durant be the next NBA star to head home?
SB Nation: Good morning, Kevin Durant to D.C. is a thing
ESPN.com: Kevin Durant: LeBron move ‘classy’
Now trust me, I will flog this poor pixilated horse as hard as I possibly can over the next 24 months until it bleeds page views, but hope we can all recognize that Durant’s response this week was mostly irrelevant. What else was he going to say? I don’t like my home town? I would like to cross off one potential employer two years in advance? I would like to have as few options as possible? I would like to alienate as many potential fans as I could right now, kind of for fun?
So let’s all agree that we’ll participate in #KD2DC for the next two years with no real goal or purpose other than helping the U.S. economy by generating pixels and page views and probably T-shirts at some point. And then for the last couple of months, if it gets real, we can hold civic rallies and re-name bridges and stuff.
But that all has nothing to do with the point of this post. The point of this post was that ESPN.com is already polling readers on this topic. You’ll note that the most optimistic #KD2DCers live in Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, Alabama and Alaska. Looks like 57 percent of Marylanders think there’s a good chance Durant comes home during his prime. The number is 51 percent in Virginia. No other state is above 41 percent.
Also this week: tweets from Steve Buckhantz.
— Steve Buckhantz (@SteveBuckhantz) July 30, 2014
— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) July 30, 2014
And Bullets Forever changed its Twitter bio.
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 30, 2014
And someone did this.
— John T. Kelley (@jkelley4444) July 27, 2014
(Thanks to @RyanJKelly)