Durant said he wants to “let that extra stuff go” and for Collison’s former teammates to support him.
Kevin Durant is willing to let bygones be bygones to support former teammate Nick Collison.
The Warriors star said he will be heading back to Oklahoma City on March 20 to be there for the Thunder’s ceremony to retire Collison’s jersey.
“That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special,” Durant told ESPN. “It’s about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff, and just come together — especially around this time, because it’s Nick.”
Durant and Collison spent nine seasons together — one with the SuperSonics, eight with the the Thunder — before Durant moved on to Golden State. Durant said it was because of Collison that he was able to transition into the NBA when he was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2008.
Durant said he will travel from Minneapolis, where the Warriors are playing the Timberwolves March 19, to Oklahoma City the next day to be there for the ceremony. The Thunder reportedly are aware of Durant’s plans to attend the ceremony and are “glad to accomodate him.”
Durant’s return comes more than three years after he left the Thunder to the Warriors, leaving many Oklahoma City teammates and fans upset. However, Durant told ESPN that he has great respect and memories with the organization.
Collison, who spent 15 years in the league, retired last May. His No. 4 jersey will be the first number retired by the Thunder.