Editor’s note: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, is spending part of his offseason by making his first visit to India, where he’ll donate two basketball courts, host a clinic with local prospects, and visit the Taj Mahal. Follow along here as it all unfolds.
Durant takes to the court
The record-breaking practice session. 831 kids at the NBA academy and 3459 overall – from Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru – join Kevin Durant in mobility drills. The previous Guinness record was around 600 children so safe to say it’s been broken by a distance.
KD and the kids shooting hoops and hanging out. More or less. At the NBA academy in Greater Noida.
Kevin Durant was .875 from the free throw line for the Warriors this season. At New Delhi’s Ramjas Public School, on a court he has donated, KD sinks 2 of 6.
Students at New Delhi’s Ramjas Public School have been waiting for Kevin Durant to visit since January when they first learned he was coming. “It’s unbelievable. I can’t even imagine someone as big as him is coming to see us,” says grade 10 student Tushar (standing in front)
KD greeted by local celebrities
NEW DELHI — The buildup is excruciating. “We can’t tell you where he’s staying,” say his PR people. But we have our ways and means of figuring out where Kevin Durant will be checking in here Thursday afternoon. He’s due to land at 12:45 p.m. local time, and given his VIP status, it shouldn’t take him more than an hour to negotiate immigration, fans and Delhi’s midmorning traffic to reach his hotel.
Normally, VIP entries at Indian five-star hotels are marked by high ceremony. But this is almost imperceptible — a whoosh, if you will, of KD 10 stealth and speed (for the uninitiated, the KD 10 is Durant’s signature Nike sneaker). The only way you know the big man is in the house is because he stands, literally,…