Kevin Durant was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area.
Durant is one of basketball and even professional sports’ most devout Christians. Durant attended a Christian school growing up and even now, amidst the fortune and fame, regularly attends church services before games.1 Durant carries a Bible in a backpack to his post-game interviews, and thanks God for his blessings as a star basketball player–even when he loses.2
Durant credits his faith and humility to his mother and various other spiritual “coaches” and says things like:
I’ve got a long way to go to become closer to the Lord but hopefully I can continue to stay on the path. I might take a few steps forward and take a couple steps back and take some steps forward, but I want to get better.1
Bro Hug Politics
Durant isn’t too political. Maybe his overwhelming humility prevents him from taking a stand on anything. M
ore often than not, being a hardcore Christian pits people against the socially liberal policies of the left (gay marriage, abortion, etc.), though Durant hasn’t said anything about these issues. On the other hand, being a black American almost requires you to support Barack Obama.
And Durant and Obama sure looked chummy during a White House basketball court meeting, where they shared a bro hug. Check out the video. Durant said of the meeting:
It was a good feeling to meet the president. Of course I always wanted to do that. Me being from D.C., it was pretty cool to see him. I was excited to get that opportunity. It’s something I’m always going to remember.3
Still, that doesn’t indicate anything except that Durant doesn’t despise Obama for his policies.
- NBA All-Star Kevin Durant on faith, family and fame. Inspiring Athletes. [↩] [↩]
- Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant draws closer to God. Deseret News. [↩]
- Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama. CBS Sports. [↩]