Hit by tragedy, Kevin Durant withdraws from All-Star Weekend
While the NBA is celebrating during this All-Star Weekend, Kevin Durant has been touched by a personal tragedy. Result: Kevin Durant will not be present at the festivities this Sunday evening, at the end of the All-Star Weekend.
Despite a very sluggish Saturday night with a 3-point contest and above all a poor quality Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA has a smile on this All-Star Break weekend. It must be said that this year, the annual high mass is an opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the league, with in particular the presence of around fifty players from the famous top 75 all-time present on site.
Kevin Durant leaves Cleveland and the All-Star Game after personal drama
To this illustrious list, however, we must subtract the name of Kevin Durant. Already out of the star game due to injury, KD was still expected to appear alongside the greatest players in history at the ceremony provided for this purpose.
Unfortunately, Shams Charania told us this Sunday evening that the double NBA champion is in mourning:
The grandmother of Kevin Durant passed away this morning, Wanda Durant announces. Kevin Durant – named one of the 75 greatest players ever – will no longer attend 75th Anniversary team ceremony tonight at NBA All-Star Game as the family mourns loss. 🙏🏽
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2022
Kevin Durant’s grandmother died this morning (Sunday, editor’s note), Wanda Durant has just announced. Kevin Durant, named among the 75 greatest players in history, will therefore not be present at the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the league.
The news is particularly painful for KD, who has never hidden being very close to his grandmother forever. It is also for her that the winger had tried to reduce the number of swear words spoken on the floor … with success not always at the rendezvous.
This sad announcement further reinforces Durant’s complicated start to the year, both professionally with the Nets and personally with the loss of this loved one. Always on the sidelines, KD knows that he will have his work cut out for him once he puts on the blue heater, with, certainly, the desire to make his late grandmother proud.
Bad times for Kevin Durant, for whom basketball must have seemed insignificant for a few hours. We send all our thoughts to KD, his family and his loved ones in these moments that are always very difficult to overcome.