Texas Longhorn fans should have October 20th, 2009 circled on their calendar. That is the day that UT basketball favorite son, Kevin Durant, will be returning to Austin to play an exhibition game at the Frank Erwin Center. Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder will play the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA preseason game ahead of the 2009-2010 season.
The game will be the first official game for Durant back in Austin since he went pro after the 2006-2007 season. Durant played one magical year for the Texas Longhorns, winning all of the major Player of the Year honors in college basketball that season. Since then Durant has had his #35 jersey retired by the Texas basketball program. Durant has come back to Austin over the past few off-seasons to practice and scrimmage with some of his former teammates and the new Longhorns basketball players.
The game matches Durant and his OKC squad against the 4-time World Champion San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs were knocked out in the 1st-round of the NBA playoffs this year, but should return a strong lineup for the 2009-2010 assuming their core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are healthy. Click here to buy Spurs tickets for the 2009-2010 season as soon as they are available.