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Kevin Durant: I saw fan ‘knock a police officer out’ before one of my NBA summer league games

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Kevin Durant had a memorable time on and off the court playing in the NBA Summer League.

Back during the summer of 2007, the No. 2 overall pick for the Seattle Supersonics took the summer league by storm, dropping 29 points during a game against the Utah Jazz and showing just how talented he was.

But that wasn’t the only memorable event that occurred that day.

“I remember watching a fan knock a police officer out as soon as I walked off the bus to go into the gym, time flies,” Durant wrote on Twitter on Monday in response to highlights from the game

Coming out of college, Durant was a force of nature.

During his freshman year at Texas, he averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game on 40.1 percent shooting from 3-point range which was rare to see out of a near 7-footer during the mid-2000s.

That summer league game was only the beginning of a Hall of Fame-level career for Durant.

Since then, the 34-year-old has won two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and a regular season MVP.

Durant, currently a member of the Phoenix Suns, has also made 13 All-Star appearances and earned 10 All-NBA selections.


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Kevin Durant shoots around prior to a summer league game against the Jazz on July 17, 2017.
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Durant isn’t the only NBA star to have put on a show in Las Vegas.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell was electrifying during his stint in the summer league.

As a rookie with the Jazz, Mitchell led the entire tournament in scoring at 28 points per game and also was the leader in steals at 6.0 per game.


Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a score in the first half against the Denver Nuggets during game one of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Ball Arena.
Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a score in the first half against the Denver Nuggets during game one of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Ball Arena.
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That success instantly translated into the NBA, as the guard came into the league averaging more than 20 points per game as a rookie and led Utah to the second round of the playoffs.

Now entering his seventh season, Mitchell has made four All-Star teams, earned an All-NBA second-team selection during the 2022-23 season, and looks to be a potential MVP candidate for the foreseeable future with the Cavaliers.

During the 2023 NBA Summer League, the next potential blossoming star looks to be Houston’s Jabari Smith Jr.


New York Knicks Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse - Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot over Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks during the second quarter in game 5 in round 1 of the NBA Playoffs.
Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot over Mitchell Robinson of the Knicks during the second quarter in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs.
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 Las Vegas, NV, USA; Houston Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr. (10) shoots the ball against Portland Trail Blazers center Duop Reath (68) during the second half at Thomas & Mack Center.
Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr. (10) shoots the ball against Trail Blazers center Duop Reath (68) during the second half at Thomas & Mack Center during the 2023 NBA Summer League
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The forward averaged an insane 35.5 points and seven rebounds per game and showed just how much he has improved from his rookie campaign to his second year.



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