It’s been eight years, two NBA titles, and one MVP since Kevin Durant authored what would be forever known as the most legendary performance in the history of Harlem’s iconic Rucker Park.
Durant was 23 years old and fresh off a 55-27 with the Oklahoma Thunder when he flew to New York on a whim in August 2011 after being contacted by Washington D.C. streetball legend White Chocolate.
“I remember I just put my shorts and jersey on and my shoes, then I look up and it’s packed all the way to the gate, playing music, and seeing people in the high-risers across the street turning lights on and opening windows,” said Durant. “It was like something out of a movie.”
Durant dropped 66 on the top hoopers in the mecca of basketball, topping off a white hot performance by drilling four straight threes to end the game.
Durant described being mobbed by the crowd at Rucker and said in 2017: “It was like a quick burst of joy like I haven’t felt in a basketball court before. It was amazing.”
Welp, according to Bronx native and Rucker Park regular Fat Joe, the adulation for Durant was felt by everyone except the opposing team.
During a recent interview with Complex, Fat Joe was asked who the best player he ever saw at play at Rucker Park and without hesitation, almost involuntarily, he answered Kevin Durant who happens to be the only player to ever caught fire so hard, he was ran outta town.
If someone scores 66 points on you in one game, I guess beating him up is the only course of action to avoid crying yourself to sleep.
If you’ve got a couple minutes, you owe it to yourself to watch the KD’s full Rucker highlights. I’m honestly surprised KD didn’t burst into flames.
God, imagine being that good at something.