Kevin Durant, who led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals last night, is an NBA darling. He understands that he is, in fact, a role model to children—and adults—across the world, and embraces that fact, and he’s also in the age bracket of men who grew up with the WNBA in existence and openly supports the league.
“When I was coming up the WNBA was just getting assembled,” said Durant. “Chamique Holdsclaw was the next big thing. She came and played for the Mystics and every game I could go to, I went to. She just brought a lot of excitement to the city as far as basketball. We had the Wizards, but to have her there as another face and they were winning basketball games, that was something I really clung to. I was able to enjoy it since then because she really helped build my love for basketball.”
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