Kevin Durant has a new team and now he has a new number.
The Brooklyn Nets‘ new star announced on Twitter that he will be wearing No. 7 in New York, switching from the No. 35 he’s worn his whole career.
“35 took my family and me from Seat Pleasant, MD and showed us the world. 35 allowed me to meet people that I never would’ve had the chance to meet, experience things I would never had the chance to experience, and achieve things that I never would have been able to achieve,” Durant wrote on the Twitter account of his company, Thirty Five Ventures.
“35 allowed me to go to the University of Texas and play basketball. 35 allowed me to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA in Seattle. 35 allowed me to play basketball in Oklahoma City and form bonds and friendships that will last a life time. Lastly, 35 allowed me to go to the Bay Area and win two championships and form brotherhoods that no time or distance will ever break.
“35 was chosen in honour of someone very near and dear to me. I will always honour him and honour the No. 35. But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, the number I’ll be wearing on my back is the No. 7 next time you see me on the floor.”
In 2010, while still a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant told The Oklahoman that he wore No. 35 in honour his first coach, Charles “Big Chucky” Craig, who was shot and killed at age 35.
After Durant announced on June 30 that he was leaving the Golden State Warriors for the Nets, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob announced the team would retire the two-time playoff MVP’s No. 35.
Durant will miss all of next season while recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury he suffered in the NBA Finals. Despite the injury, the Nets still gave Durant a four-year deal worth a reported $164 million.