There's not too many ballers who could drop 30 points after entering a game late and fresh off the street, but Kevin Durant is one of the privileged few.
The Oklahoma City small forward arrived five minutes into the evening’s twilight game between his Awash squad and Team H.O.B.O. wearing a Raiders cap and a black tee, but it didn’t take long for him to get suited up and thrown into the action.
Durant's second appearance at Washington, D.C.’s Goodman Summer League on Wednesday began much like his debut on Sunday did; Durant launching a three-pointer on his first attempt just to check the heat on his jumper.
After a flailing air ball and a few one-on-one dribble duels with Team H.O.B.O. and local standout Omar Weaver, the man nicknamed KD was finally warmed up and riding with the flow of the game.
After Weaver swished a three in Durant’s face, the competitive 21-year-old flashed a confident smirk as he jogged back down the court, ready to attack on the next play. Facing up against Weaver on the left side of the basket, KD darted right before swinging the ball back left, finishing over Weaver with a one-handed dunk that left the sparse crowd shaking their heads in disbelief.
If you’ve never seen a 6'10'' NBA forward cross someone over and flush, it’s a pretty amazing sight to see, especially live in person. Durant made it his duty to show off his athleticism, angling his body for tip dunks and gliding through traffic for no-look passes and fadeaway jumpers.
“He loves it here inside the gates and the gates loves him right back,” announcer Miles Rawls said, praising the NBA’s scoring champion.
But it was Weaver who finished as the high scorer, posting 37 points and showcasing a game that even a future NBA MVP would appreciate.
Weaver’s performance helped his H.O.B.O. team narrow a 15-point second half deficit down to one before KD got serious again. Durant drew a pair of fouls on a couple of effortless layups. He dished to open players once the defense started double and triple-teaming him.
Despite the late arrival, Durant finished with 30 points and revived his team late to finish with the win against a hard-charging H.O.B.O. team.
There’s something about a NBA All-Star hooping it up with local regulars that launches a buzz into the air at the Goodman, but it’s becoming a regular scene for attendees these days.
Rawls warned the crowd to enjoy Durant’s early summer presence since the budding superstar will be leaving to partake in Team USA’s training camp for the 2010 World Championships.
“Enjoy him while you can because he’s gone come August,” Rawls said. “Got some things to take care of overseas.”
But until August Durant will be taking care of things at the Goodman League and showcasing an Olympic-style game that continues to impress.
Even without a proper warm-up.