SEATTLE — The NBA is officially returning to Seattle … for a game, at least.
First reported in February by The Sacramento Bee and confirmed Thursday by the NBA’s release of its preseason schedule, the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors will play a preseason game at KeyArena on Friday, Oct. 5, with the Warriors acting as the home team.
It would be the first NBA game in the city since the Sonics left following the 2007-08 season, and it also reported to be the final event before KeyArena undergoes a $600 million renovation.
Will you be going? Ticket information has yet to be released.
Kevin Durant, now part of the defending NBA champions, spent his first professional season in Seattle after the Sonics took him No. 2 overall. Of course, the next season Clay Bennett moved the team to Oklahoma City, Seattle never got to watch next year’s first-round pick, Russell Westbrook, and the rest is history.
This, however, is hardly the first time Durant has returned to Seattle since the team departed for Oklahoma City. Most recently, he visited the city to help renovate a basketball court in the Central District’s Powell Barnett Park. This past summer, Durant participated in Spokane’s Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament. Rainier Beach alum Jamal Crawford, the city’s resident apostle within the league, has brought Durant — and a slew of other NBA players — through his yearly Seattle Pro-Am.
With this matchup comes even more history. The last time Seattle was as close to getting a professional basketball team as it is today — closer, in fact — was Chris Hansen’s failed attempt to bring the Kings to Seattle in 2013.