Thursday, August 17, 2017 was Kevin Durant Day in his hometown in Prince George’s County. Kevin Durant was honored with his very own day, riding down Seat Pleasant Drive in a silver Corvette, greeting fans with the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The Golden State Warriors won their second NBA championship in three years – earning them this famous, iconic award.
It might not have been the image of Kevin Durant parading through his hometown while holding the Larry O’Brien championship trophy that Wizards fans had hoped for when Durant was the league’s most sought after free agent last summer. But needless to say, they were excited to have him home.
Durant, who has donated over one million dollars to the community, greeted every fan so they could take pictures and sign autographs, of which there were an estimated 20,000 that showed up to take part in the festivities. The money goes toward improving the local basketball courts and gyms, where Durant himself played when he was younger.
Parading through the streets that he grew up in and hoisting a trophy like that must have been surreal for Durant. All the children in attendance who look up to him, both literally and figuratively, would normally only dream of winning such a trophy. But Kevin Durant is living proof that dreams can come true.
The trophy is named after Larry O’Brien, who was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1975 to 1984. During his nine years serving as commissioner, O’Brien completed several important deals that catapulted basketball into the national spotlight, helping it become the popular sport it is today. Such deals include the infamous ABA-NBA merger, modifications to the college draft, an anti-drug agreement with the NBA Players Association, as well as many other significant changes that improved the League. If it weren’t for him, we might not ever have heard of a player like Kevin Durant.
Playing with fellow superstars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, Durant has a great opportunity to bring this trophy home for the next few years and the Warriors can go down in the history books as a true dynasty.
Hopefully, someday soon, we’ll see the likes of Claude Giroux, Joel Embiid, or Carson Wentz parading through PA with trophies and awards.
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