Oklahoma City isn't just a place where Thunder star Kevin Durant lives these days. It's home. So as he watched the horrifying images Monday as a tornado ripped through suburban Moore, the emotions came bubbling to the surface and so did the need to help. Durant pledged $1 million for tornado relief through his family foundation on Tuesday, eager to help a devastated area begin to rebuild.
"As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the
houses being blown away, it was tough to see. I call Oklahoma City my
home. I go through Moore all the time. It's unfortunate. We're going to
come together as a city like we always do and we're going to bounce
-- Kevin Durant's reaction to Oklahoma tornado
Durant has been in Oklahoma City for five years now, ever since the
Seattle SuperSonics moved there in 2008. He's become a fixture in the
community, in addition to establishing himself as one of the very best
players in the NBA. He said he was hoping to return home Wednesday to
try and lift the spirits of an area reeling from the deaths of some two
dozen people, including children.
"Just to get to the hospital, see some kids," Durant said.
"Something. Just something to give some hope. Playing for the Thunder,
we mean so much to the state. So many people support us and I just want
to go back and support those people."
The American Red Cross said the gift from The Durant Family
Foundation is meant to match other donations and be an incentive for
more people to give. The Thunder also announced a $1 million donation,
as did the NBA and players' union. Source: AP