Durant on Seattle Sonics: 'I wish it didn't go down the way it did'



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Posted on February 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 7:21 PM

ORLANDO, FL. -- The NBA's top players are in Orlando for the All-Star Game, and buzz over a potential arena in Seattle is catching the attention of former Sonics.

"We got up and moved and it was tough for the fans in Seattle. I wish it didn't go down the way it did," said Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant, a former Seattle Sonic, was the NBA Rookie of the Year just before the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City.

"I'm enjoying Oklahoma City, but I still love Seattle. It will always have a place in my heart. Hopefully, they're having a talk about getting a team there soon, so we'll see."

Durant told KING 5's Chris Daniels he even notices signs in crowds proudly stating who drafted him.

"I played there for a year," said Durant, who was drafted in 2007 by the Sonics. "I can't just throw them to the side."

Former Sonic Brent Barry was also spotted in Orlando. He said he's also following Seattle's arena news.

"I'm pretty stoked about it, and I like that it's being handled with with kid gloves right now, the way Chris Hansen handles things," said Barry. "I have to explain to my kids that I played for five years in Seattle, and they go, 'What team in Seattle?' That kind of sucks."