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Durant wants regular NBA in England

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Durant touts NBA future in the UK


Kevin Durant hopes the NBA make regular visits to England after he delivered on his promise to put on a show for the fans in Manchester in starring for Oklahoma City Thunder in their win over Philadelphia 76ers.

After securing an Olympic gold medal for the United States at London 2012, on his return to England Durant bagged 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as his side claimed a 103-99 victory in their warm-up tie ahead of the NBA campaign in Manchester's first NBA encounter.

"I just love basketball and any time I have the chance to compete I go for it. It was pretty fun to play in front of that crowd," Durant said.

The 25-year-old revealed he would be open to the idea of the NBA featuring in England during the season, something the NFL has made a success of with their fixtures at Wembley.

"The fans were unbelievable and they deserve to have some more basketball, and regular-season basketball too, over here and I'm sure you'll see them expand that in the future. Hopefully we'll be one of those teams that comes over because I've enjoyed it," he said.

With the match being played at the Manchester Arena, the place was packed with Manchester United stars such as Rio Ferdinand, David de Gea and man-of-the-moment Adnan Januzaj, as well as Manchester City's Patrick Vieira.

Rio Ferdinand was present for the game © PA Photos
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