15 Surprising Facts About The Golden State Warriors

15. Kevin Durant wears #35 in honor of his youth basketball coach who was murdered

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors
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Since Kevin Durant’s freshman year at the University of Texas, his jersey number has always been #35, in honor of his first basketball coach Charles Craig. Craig served as a father figure and mentor for Durant since Durant was eight years old. But Craig was murdered in the Washington, D.C. suburbs in 2005, where Durant grew up. Craig was only 35 years old when he died, and so Durant continues to wear that number on his jersey in remembrance of the man who meant so much to him.

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