The OKC Life That Kevin Durant Is Leaving Behind
Now that Kevin Durant has shocked the basketball world by leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, we at iFolloSports.com wanted to examine the life that KD is leaving behind in a place the seven-time All-Star described as his adopted hometown. Durant has played basketball in OKC since the franchise relocated from Seattle in 2008.
In 2013, Durant purchased two attached townhouses in Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce neighborhood for a combined total of $1,769,000 (pictured upper right). Durant bought two units with the intention of combining the properties into one massive 7,400-square-foot pad.
Located on NE 2nd Street, the development sits one mile northeast of Chesapeake Energy Arena and 10 miles south of OKC’s practice facility.
Also in 2013, the four-time scoring champ opened KD’s Southern Cuisine restaurant, in the city’s Bricktown neighborhood, along the Bricktown Canal. The dining spot sits just three blocks east of the Chesapeake Arena and 0.7 miles from the Deep Deuce residence.
Prior to moving near OKC’s city center, Durant resided in a 3,623-square-foot mansion (with 2,120-square-foot guesthouse), in OKC’s Gaillardia area. Situated in the gated Club Villa neighborhood (just south of the Gaillardia Country Club) the new Warrior paid $1.8 million for the home in 2011, only to sell it for $925,000, earlier this year (pictured below).
Durant’s presence in the OKC metropolitan area was about more than basketball, business and real estate endeavors. The 27-year-old was heavily involved in local charitable efforts, with his $1 million donation to the tornado-ravaged suburb of Moore serving as perhaps the most glaring example of his works. Moore is situated 11 miles south of the Thunder’s home arena.
As one of the world’s best basketball players prepares for his relocation from the prairies of Oklahoma to the bustling San Francisco Bay Area, in cannot be forgotten the mark that Kevin Wayne Durant left on a region that treated him like one of their own. But, such is life in modern professional sports.