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The all too simple reason why Kevin Durant didn't sign with the Wizards

The all too simple reason why Kevin Durant didn't sign with the Wizards

On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors will be in the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards.

The game has long been one of the most highly anticipated Wizards games of the season, and not just because of reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry. and surging NBA villain Draymond Green.

With Kevin Durant joining the Warriors in free agency, Tuesday will mark his first appearance in Washington, D.C. since spurning the Wizards this past offseason.

 Durant, a native of Prince George's County, did not even consider the Wizards as one of his potential landing spots, and fact not lost on many Wizards fans.

As it turns out, the reason why Durant didn't consider the Wizards was rather simple.

he just didn't want to play at home. 

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Durant recently spoke with Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, and opened up about the offseason.

“I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home,” Durant said. “It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life – playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone.

“I was like, I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things. I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now it’s time to do something new. I didn’t want to come back. That’s just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.

“It was just like, ‘All right, that part of my life I’ve conquered already. What’s next?’”

Durant spent his entire childhood in the DC area, and even after leaving home to attend to the University of Texas, the idea of returning home for his professional career was just not something Durant wanted to do. 

It's hard to blame him. 

Durant did not owe it to Washington, D.C. There is no clause or rule saying that a player has to play with his hometown team when they become free agents. Just because LeBron James returned to Cleveland afte finding championship gold in Miami does not mean that Durant must do the same.

Would it have been nice for the native son of Prince George's County to return home and help John Wall and Bradley Beal turn the Wizards into a bona fide NBA Finals contender? Absolutely. But it was his decision, not the fans, and he decided to go elsewhere.

The Wizards have done pretty well without Durant, too. They will get their chance to prove it on Tuesday.

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

A Prince George's police officer was suspended after a troubling video emerged of his interaction with former NBA player and Eleanor Roosevelt alum Delonte West handcuffed after an alleged altercation.

The disturbing video showed West handcuffed on a sidewalk after getting involved in a physical conflict with a civilian. The off-screen officer was asking West questions on what happened to the events leading to him roughed up on the side of the road. West alleges that he was approached by a man with a gun. 

Prince George's police department announced that the video was filmed by a member of their department, leading to the officer's suspension. 

"Today at 12:15 pm, we learned the video that is currently on social media depicting the male in handcuffs was recorded by a Prince George’s County Police officer. The circumstances surrounding the recording and release of that video are now the subject of an internal investigation. That officer is now suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the department said in a release.

Another disturbing video from a bystander shows the fight between the presumed West and another unidentified man. One man was standing over the other and continuously stomping on what appears to be West.

Meanwhile, West's former teammates and coaches took to social media to express their concerns.

West played eight years in the NBA across four franchises. He played his college ball at Saint Joseph's where he was teammates with Jameer Nelson and was coached by Phil Martelli. 

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HEAT TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)

 

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