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Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  43 responses

Kevin Durant Wanted to Play for the Toronto Raptors Growing Up


OKC Thunder superstar Kevin Durant said that when he was a youngster, his dream was to hoop in Canada of all places, for the Toronto Raptors. Welp! Per the Dan Patrick Show (via Sportsnet): “Believe it or not, I wanted to play for the Toronto Raptors, that was my favorite team.’ Durant cited that one of the main reasons he grew up cheering for the Raptors was because of the Raptors’ jerseys and the fact they were new to the league. ‘They were a new team when I was growing up, so I wanted to be a part of that,’ Durant said. Another reason Durant cheered for the Raptors was because he was a big fan of Vince Carter, Toronto’s former franchise player. ‘His enthusiasm he showed, just his athleticism, and how he brought Toronto from being one of the newer teams in the league to almost going to the finals. He changed the culture there in Toronto.’”

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  • Dagger

    Damn, this is just too hard to hear as a Raptors fan. If only.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    We were nowhere near the Finals. However, I firmly believe that 2001 Raptors team, had they beat the Sixers, would have gotten past the Bucks in the ECF and made it there.

    Also, wow, somebody actually liked the Barney-based uniforms.

  • Max

    Redd, You scared the balls outta me when u said he wants to play for the Raptors.
    But yeah, that logo was pretty cool as a kid.

  • spit hot fiyah

    if only…Durant would be on raptors or that vince carter kept up him enthusiasm?

  • ChosenOne

    I agree, but then they would ahve gotten KILLED agianst that Laker team in the FInals.. lol.

  • Redd

    Told you, congrats Raps fans lol.

  • Bravo

    I know KD to the raptors would be awesome

  • Bravo

    Damn lol we’d be the best team in the L

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    THAT’S a stretch lol.

  • Zoe

    damon stoudemire = top 5 pg at the time

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    What do u mean…those were one of the DOPEST uniforms of all time.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahaha this is pretty random

  • RayJr

    Top 5 PG that played for the Raptors.

  • Addam

    Is it possible that OKC would take the entire team plus the Leafs in a trade for Durant?

  • Redd

    I broke the story yesterday, lol jk. Pretty surprising to hear but I get it, outside of the Bulls, Bears I’m only fans of teams that are ignored (Warriors, Rams, Colts, Wizards).

    I’d be a Raptor fan if Canadians weren’t so smug(in general).

  • bike

    I call bullsh*t. His Mama told him to say that.

  • RKJ92

    Agreed!! I have a McGrady one still in mint condition stitched, its my fav jersey of all time looks sick!!

  • RKJ92

    even I have to say it’s a hugeeee stretch.. lmao

  • RKJ92

    I’d cry in happiness if he came to our team as a free agent haha, how sick would that be?

  • Nope

    if there were a cure for smug(aside from getting rid of hybrid cars), at least canadians would have access to it for free… zing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    yeah, eh?

  • Bob

    Weird how he ended up being in that situation in okc

  • Redd

    That’s not right man..

  • Redd

    I hear you all like to go to the mall. :|

  • RipCity

    seriously who would downvote this let the man dream!

  • RKJ92

    No seriously.. and don’t wake me up!! haha

  • RipCity

    if it makes you feel better its worse as a blazer fan. we had the chance to draft him! kills me every time i see him play and see his commercials and everything arghhhh

  • RKJ92

    At least you have the roy in d-lil, which was a complete still in the draft I might add! but it deff doesn’t help having Oden over Durant and you cant even use Oden wasting your cap on him aswell, havings Roys knees get f*cked up, now LA is frustrated.. deff not cool :-/

  • RipCity

    I love lillard but the worst thing is If that team stayed healthy and the blazers still make the 2 gerald wallace trades we would have a starting 5 of lillard roy batum aldridge and oden right now. no way that team isn’t competing with OKC right now if not blowing them out of the water

  • RKJ92

    and tbh with the whole Oden > Durant thing, I know exactly how you feel.. maybe you don’t recall but I seem to remember this going down “with the first overall pick Andrea Bargnani, With the second overall pick Lamarcus Aldridge

  • RipCity

    i forgot about that, i bet chicago regrets it just as much. they traded aldridge for tyrus thomas on draft day lol

  • RKJ92

    that would be my 2nd fav team if it existed, but I guess its the heat for now lmao

  • RKJ92

    LOL ya.. that was retarded.. the thing with Tyrus though was he had sooooo much potential..

  • RipCity

    he could have been the league leader in blocks if he kept in shape and his head on straight

  • RKJ92

    Maybe Oden too had he not been injured ;)

  • RipCity

    haha im out this is to much pain for one day lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    lmao, i dont know what thats even supposed to mean

  • Redd

    Oh It’s a joke for HIMYM fans, if u want YouTube how I met your mother mall.

  • Lloyd

    canadians are smug? that’s hilarious!

  • Redd

    I think the Raptors fans(about 90%) on Slam are cool, anywhere else they’re smug, yes.

  • Lloyd

    I’d say the rest of the world would lay “smug” on Americans rather than Canadians. We’re known as overall nice and accomodating people. Almost to a fault.

  • Redd

    …yea sure

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    lol

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