By Jeff Goodman
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kevin Durant, clad in jeans and a school polo, took his seat directly behind his former college coach, Rick Barnes. During timeouts, he walked out onto the court with the rest of the Texas team.
During halftime, he followed the coaching staff into the locker room. When freshman Jonathan Holmes fouled out late in the game, Durant was the first one to offer his hand. I know I've said it before, but Durant is special. Not just on the court, either. The NBA star just "gets it." Go watch the YouTube video of him playing flag football during the lockout.
On him being mobbed by fans after his exhibition at Rucker Park. Durant was in Austin this past week for the Longhorns game against Rhode Island. He then opted to travel with the team to New Jersey.
"He just asked me if he could go on the road trip," Barnes said. "He'd give anything to be playing right now."
The next best thing is watching his former program so he'll stay with Barnes & Co. through Monday night at the Meadowlands.
"What else do I have to do?" he said with a smile as he walked out of the building on Saturday night. V