Kevin Durant hasn't played basketball in Seattle since 2008 when he was a rookie playing for the SuperSonics.
But he returned Sunday night to play in Jamal Crawford's Pro-Am, and Durant reminded Seattle fans of what he can do dropping 63 points and throwing down a number of nasty dunks.
Durant's 63 didn't come with his usual staple of efficiency as he chucked 62 shots to get them (making 26, but just 8-of-32 from 3), but he was clearly intent on putting on a show for his Seattle fans, people he says still have a place in his heart.
"I just want to say I miss you guys," Durant told a crammed small-college gym filled with about 3,000 fans, many in Durant's old Seattle SuperSonics jersey. "Thank you for the warm welcome. I can't wait to come back."
Durant also sent out a few tweets expressing his love and appreciate for Seattle:
I love and miss Seattle...damn— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 12, 2013
Thanks to my brother @JCrossover for bringing me out and showing me so much love! Seattle will always have a place in my heart!! Love u all— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 12, 2013
Durant had a shot at what would've been a game-winner, but missed and his team ended up losing in overtime, 147-141. Crawford finished with 46 points. Martell Webster also played in the game, and mostly guarded Durant.
Following the game, Durant apparently tried to slip out quietly from the small gym, but fans surrounded his car, so he got out and signed autographs and posed for pictures.