Lynx's Wright Not Surprised By Durant's $1 Million Donation

Lynx's Wright Not Surprised By Durant's $1 Million Donation

Mark Remme
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Lynx guard Monica Wright wasn’t surprised.

She’s known Thunder forward Kevin Durant since their high school days—long before he was a three-time scoring champion, an NBA All-Star and a model citizen within the NBA community. He’s still the same guy off the court who tries to impact others.

So it was no shock to Wright that with Oklahoma needing help after a tornado left areas of the state devastated, Durant was willing to step up. Durant donated $1 million through his family foundation on Tuesday to help aid and support the effort to rebuild parts of Oklahoma and the Midwest left torn apart by Monday’s storm.

“He’s got a heart of gold,” Wright said. “Anytime this happens he’s the first one who wants to help. He’s really a compassionate guy.”

Durant was at Target Center on Tuesday watching Wright during the Lynx’s preseason game against the Connecticut Sun. He spoke with a heavy heart at halftime about the state of his community he’s known since the Thunder moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Today, he calls the region his home.

It’s an area that has long gotten to know his generosity. He frequently reached out within the community and makes his mark, whether it’s through meeting with kids or underprivileged families or leading initiatives around Oklahoma City. He’s quietly gained a reputation for giving back, and with Oklahoma City in need this week he stepped up.

Durant was in the Twin Cities when the storms hit Oklahoma on Monday. He said he watched from Minnesota, at first thinking it might be just another of the frequent storms that hit the region this time of year. But it soon became apparent this was out of the ordinary.

“Sometimes it’s kind of routine—I thought it was just a small one because the small ones do hit in Oklahoma City around this time,” Durant said. “But as the day went on, I saw the footages and the casualties, the houses being blown away. It was tough to see. I call Oklahoma my home. I love the state. I love Oklahoma City. I go through Moore (Okla.) all the time. It’s unfortunate, but we’re going to come together as a city like we always do and we’re going to bounce back.”

Durant said he plans to return to Oklahoma tomorrow. He plans on going to hospitals to “visit kids or something. Give some hope.”

He feels so strongly about helping the community through, he even said he wishes he could have done more to keep the Thunder in the postseason. OKC lost to Memphis in the Western Conference Semifinals, and Durant said sports are always a way through which people are able to escape tough times in their lives—even for a few hours.

“Playing for the Thunder, we mean so much to the state,” Durant said. “So many people support us. I just want to go back and support those people.”

As for the $1 million donation, that wasn’t a tough decision to make.

“God told me to do something to help these families out, and that’s the first thing I thought of,” he said. “I’m just trying to do anything that can help.”

There’s a lot of work ahead for the region, but there’s no question Oklahoma City has support around the country. Durant said the sun is going to shine soon.

“I’m praying for the families, I’m feeling for them,” Durant said. “Hopefully everything gets back to normal real soon.”

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