Du­rant eyes owner’s box

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY CLIN­TON YATES clin­ton.yates@wash­post.com

Ok­la­homa City Thun­der for­ward Kevin Du­rant made an ap­pear­ance on ESPN’s “Fan­tasy Foot­ball Fo­cus” pod­cast with Matthew Berry and Field Yates and talked about his fan­tasy prow­ess and his love of foot­ball. He even hinted at want­ing to own an NFL fran­chise.

Du­rant is 5-0 in fan­tasy foot­ball this sea­son. His draft strat­egy is to avoid tak­ing two QBs, in­stead tak­ing the loss dur­ing a bye and weath­er­ing the storm with more/bet­ter po­si­tion play­ers. Hey, it ap­par­ently works: He’s at the top of a league that in­cludes the net­work’s fore­most fan­tasy guru.

Then Du­rant nat­u­rally branched out into his own de­sires in the NFL.

“I love foot­ball, man. It’s a pas­sion of mine. I would def­i­nitely love to own a team, you know hope­fully one of th­ese years, to­wards the end of my ca­reer,” the 27-year-old su­per­star said.

“[Own­ing a team] would be cool. My first pri­or­ity would be the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, but I, even if it’s a small per­cent­age, man, I just want to be in­volved, you know. Grow­ing up five min­utes away from the sta­dium and al­ways be­ing a fan, I got a Red­skin tat­too on my fore­arm, so I feel a part of the team so much. And just to be, you know, feel like a owner, man, and just be all the way en­trenched with the team, that would be cool for me. But if any other team presents it­self, I would love to take it.”

Du­rant also had time for some chalk talk on the show. He’s not quite sure what to do about the run­ning back combo of Matt Jones and Al­fred Mor­ris (a.k.a “Mojo”). At this point, Du­rant said, it’s a great prob­lem to have.

“I think they’re both so good, man, that you can’t just give one guy all the car­ries and ex­pect an­other guy to be I guess, like, the backup. You know? I think they’re so good you might have to split those touches. Al­fred has been a work­horse for us,” he said.

“Jones is just com­ing into his own, and you know, they got to uti­lize that op­por­tu­nity and find out who’s the best player to put on the field. . . . They’re do­ing a fine job. I know Al­fred prob­a­bly wants more car­ries than he’s been given.”

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“I love foot­ball, man. It’s a pas­sion of mine,” Thun­der star Kevin Du­rant said. Du­rant has a Red­skins tat­too on his fore­arm.

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