There was a time not too long ago that Kevin Durant and Jeff Green were seen as the faces of the now defunct Seattle Supersonics NBA franchise.
Durant was selected No. 2 overall by Seattle back in the 2007 NBA Draft. Just three selections later, Seattle acquired then top Georgetown prospect Jeff Green with the fifth pick.
Entering that initial season in the Pacific Northwest, the hope was that these two would save NBA basketball in Seattle. It didn’t happen. The franchise would play one more season in Washington before rebranding itself as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In talking about his one season with Durant in Seattle leading up to his Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Green provided a pretty hilarious quote.
Jeff Green when asked about playing on the Seattle SuperSonics with Kevin Durant to start his career: “A lot of people don’t even know who the Sonics are”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 30, 2018
It’s true. Teenagers who watch the game today likely have no memory of the glory days in Seattle — long before Durant and Green arrived on to the scene. We’re talking the duo of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
Though, this comment also acts as salt on the wounds of Sonics fans everywhere. When the team relocated to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season, one of the best fan bases in the NBA died a quiet death.
For their part, Green and Durant would play parts of three seasons together in Oklahoma City before the former was dealt to the Boston Celtics.
Having joined Cleveland as a free agent this past summer, Green will now go up against his former teammate for the first time in the NBA Finals.
One has to wonder if they’ll talk about the glorious one-year run the two had in Seattle.