NBA superstar Kevin Durant, who recently joined the Phoenix Suns after a mid-season trade from the Brooklyn Nets, is riding the wave of Arizona's sporting euphoria, expressing enthusiastic support for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their World Series journey.
Durant applauded the Diamondbacks following their Game 2 victory over the Texas Rangers, highlighting a growing camaraderie among Arizona-based athletes. Teaming up with Bradley Beal and Devin Booker, Durant aims to help the Suns emulate the Diamondbacks' success by making a significant impact this season.
The two squads share more than geographic location; both are poised for deep playoff runs, with the Diamondbacks aiming to set the pace by capturing a World Series title.
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Durant and Booker were spotted at Game 5 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the Philadelphia Phillies, a game the Diamondbacks lost 6-1.
The 13-time NBA All-Star is hopeful for a more favorable outcome when they return to Chase Field for the World Series. "We're very excited for the Dbacks. A World Series here in Arizona is going to be extremely fun," Durant shared during a post-game interview after facing the Utah Jazz.
In an eagerly anticipated series, Arizona has the chance to host a World Series game for the first time in over two decades. The last instance was in 2001 when the Diamondbacks halted the New York Yankees' potential dynasty by securing their first-ever championship.
This year's World Series, energized by MLB's playoff format which increasingly favors wild card entries, is adding a layer of unpredictability and excitement to October baseball. The Diamondbacks find themselves in the company of other underdog stories, as they're only three wins away from becoming the team with the second-worst regular-season record to clinch a World Series, following the 83-win St.
Louis Cardinals in 2006. The electric atmosphere in the Suns' locker room encapsulates a broader sense of excitement rippling through Arizona. With both the Suns and Diamondbacks on precipices of glory, Durant's possible attendance at Chase Field for the World Series isn't just a celebrity cameo; it's an emblem of Arizona's collective sports aspiration.