Kevin Durant wants to get things back to “normal” as he tries to settle into a routine with his new team, but there’s another big event: his first game with the Phoenix Suns.
It comes Wednesday night, a month after he was traded, when the Suns host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“I’m glad I was able to get a couple on the road to get my feet wet because I know it’s going to be loud out there,” Durant said. “I am looking forward to our fans. I know they can’t wait to see us on the field.”
More than 3,000 fans attended Durant’s introductory press conference last month, but Durant’s sprained knee and four-game absence delayed his home debut until now.
Traded for the first time in the middle of his career, Durant is looking for a day job. He added on Tuesday that he has moved his personal chef from Brooklyn.
“I’m just trying to get back to normal as soon as possible,” Durant said. “I’m happy to be playing again and things will be back to normal.”
But there is some momentum, as the Suns are off to a 3-0 start with Durant, and he and teammate Devin Booker have combined for 188 points in the first three games.
According to an ESPN Stats & Information study, that’s Wilt Chamberlain’s most by two rookie teammates since the 1961-62 season, with several different teammates.
The Suns have won eight of their last 11 games to move into fourth place in the Western Conference.
“From the moment you walk into the gym until everyone leaves, the energy we have is so fun and energetic,” Durant said. “[It] You are very interested in coming to work.”