During NBA All-Star weekend, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Houston Rockets’ James Harden have shown unwavering support for their San Francisco 49ers. Durant, the NBA’s scoring leader the past three season, admits he bleeds red and gold, because of his roots with OLB NaVorro Bowman. The two played basketball together at the age of eight in Maryland, as Durant had this to say about his former teammate:
We played on the same middle school basketball team, and surprisingly, he was the best player on the team. I was kinda like his sidekick. I really thought he was going to the NBA, but he didn’t grow.
Asked if Bowman can still ball, Durant quickly responded:
Of course. He still got his skills. He still plays in the summer times when he goes home.
After the Niners Super Bowl loss, Durant was very empathetic toward Bowman while giving him words of encouragement, saying:
I wanted him to win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately he didn’t and I’ve been there before, losing at the top. One thing I told him is to keep working. He’s motivation to me, and hopefully he gets back.
On the other hand, Harden has been a die-hard to the point where he made the trip to this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans, saying:
Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference forward Kevin Durant (left) of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Western Conference guard James Harden (right) of the Houston Rockets laugh during the 2013 NBA All-Star skills challenge at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
I went to the Super Bowl with my gold 49ers jacket on. We just didn’t have enough to get it over the hump. We’ll definitely win it next year.
Make no mistake, Harden is not your typical celebrity bandwagon fan either. He rooted for the team growing up, dating back to his high schools day at Artesia High School, in Lakewood, California.
As the 49ers continue their winning ways, look for more celebrity support, as they strive in their Quest For Six.