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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  17 responses

Kevin Durant Played Flag Football With Strangers Last Night


The NBA lockout is slowly driving Kevin Durant batty, and he was bored enough last night to ask to join in on a random flag football game. The blog Pistols Firing captures the scene: “So imagine you’re headed up to the intramural fields in Stillwater. Your 2-2 team with the not-as-witty-as-you-think name is playing the Sigma Nu B team. Winner goes to the playoffs. It’s a Monday night, Halloween, the real football team is 8-0, the campus is alive. You’re couldn’t be more excited about the 60-degree weather and smattering of friends and girlfriends sure to be there. You warm up, get your flags on, win the coin toss, come out for the first drive, and get things rolling. You score first, they answer, you get the ball back 10 minutes into the first half, look up across the field, and all of a sudden Kevin Durant is staring back at you playing free safety for the other side. Wait….what?! Who?! And all of a sudden, 500 people are gathered around the field like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon have just decided to throw a squad together. Well, that’s what happened in Stillwater on Monday night … You know, just your average multimillionaire playing a flag football game with a bunch of giddy 20-year old guys on a late-October Monday night in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Most of the rest of his colleagues are probably out at posh Halloween parties, and who could blame them? That’s what we would do if we were multimillionaires. KD though, I think we want to believe he’s different. And whether he is or not doesn’t much matter to the 6 dudes on his team and 7 dudes playing against him. They’ve all got an all-time story to tell their friends. The guy owns Oklahoma right now, and nights like this are the reason why.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    He is rapidly becoming my favorite player. Plus, he’s a “homie”. How can you NOT root for the guy?

  • jimmythesaint

    .. just to mess with your Team Owner’s head and .. GET IT DONE!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    So is this more awesome than when Bron played flag football with a bunch of strangers?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    The NBA lockout is slowly driving Slamonline batty, and they were bored enough last night to post about a random flag football game.

  • Jim Ice

    It’s more awesome because it was sparked from a tweet. Responded to a follower then drove 2 hours. And he rolled up in the van!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    The NBA lockout is slowly driving Ugh batty, and they were bored enough last night to post about a random flag football game article on Slamonline.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Bryan said what I was about to type lol. Anyways, man, KD sounds like a great person to chill with. I think the media is always trying to find something to hate about him but he’s just being him.

  • andre anglais

    i can’t think of a single bit of bad press about KD, actually. I’m sure there are “haters” but the media seem to love him (i thought)

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Well there was yahoo trying to doing something about KD’s tattoos. Saying how he’s not as innocent as he seems or something.. But that was a few months ago, I don’t even remember if the writer was being sarcastic or not. But yea the media loves him, but they’re still always looking for flaws. But I guess it’s like that with all celebs.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    If I remember right the majority of the comments on that Yahoo article were bashing the writer lol. KD is just a great guy all around. There’s really not much you can bash him for. A real class act in a league that too often gets bad press.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s funny how the reaction is so different. Really, the Bron hate is just crazy man.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And I like Durant. He seems like real dude. But, nobody really knows him.
    Just like with Derrick Rose, people have taken the idea that neither one of them is a super gregarious or flashy person, and decided that means they are awesome human beings who represent all that is good with the League.
    I remember when this happened before with Iverson, Kobe and Vince Carter. And I remember how quickly and horribly that went wrong.

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    *Just like with Derrick Rose, people have taken the idea that neither one of them is a super gregarious or flashy person, and decided that means they are awesome human beings who represent all that is good with the world. *fixed =D
    And I’m pretty sure people had different views on Iverson… lol.

  • Big Sean

    I think that you can sort of tell that KD is a genuine dude. With some rally great athletes like Bron, Kobe or MJ etc, you can see the narcassistic attitute rumbling under the surface. KD reminds me more of a Gretzky, and I mean that as a compliment.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Man he’s too skinny to ever play football for real, but he would be a damn nightmare at WR. Can you really think of anybody who would be able to guard him on the outside?

  • Red Star

    KD is a solid dude!

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