Kevin Durant Announces He’s Wearing Number 7 After Joining Brooklyn Nets
A new team isn’t the only thing Kevin Durant will be sporting in the upcoming basketball season. The NBA star revealed that he’ll also be rocking a new jersey number. He said he’ll now be wearing number 7. He shared the news via his business, 35 Ventures, as he explained the significance of his now former number, 35.
“35 took my family and me from Seat Pleasant, MD and showed us the world. 35 allowed me to meet people that I never would’ve had the chance to meet, experience things I would never have had the chance to experience, and achieve things that I never would have been able to achieve. 35 allowed me to go to the University of Texas to play basketball, 35 allowed me to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA in Seattle.
35 allowed me to play basketball in Oklahoma City and form bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. Lastly, 35 allowed me to go to the Bay Area and win two championships and form brotherhoods that no time or distance will ever break. 35 was chosen in honor of someone very near and dear to me. I will always honor him and honor the number 35.
But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, the number I’ll be wearing on my back is the number 7 next time you see me on the floor. One time Brooklyn.”
His number change was just after the Nets confirmed Durant would be joining the team Sunday night. He signed a four-year, $164 million contract. Before the Nets, Durant played for the Golden State Warriors for four years.
The Warriors released a statement and said it would officially retire number 35.
“Along with the rest of the league, our coaching staff has long admired Kevin’s incredible skill, resilience and tenacity. He has already established himself as a champion and one of the best players of all-time, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him into our program in Brooklyn.”
Durant landed the contract following an injury during the finals earlier this month. He ruptured his right Achilles tendon. He had surgery two days later. There’s a chance the injury could prevent him from playing in the upcoming season.
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