ESPN the Magazine compiled some famous athletes accounts of their memory of Sept. 11, 2001. Here’s the part from Kevin Durant:
Then: Seventh-grader, Drew Freeman Middle School (Md.)
Now: F, Oklahoma City Thunder
One of my friends heard a loud boom while he was walking to school. We never heard noises like that where we lived in Maryland, so I was kind of nervous. Our school dismissed us early. Only later, when I got home and saw the news, did I realize that the boom was the Pentagon being hit. Everyone was really scared because we didn’t know what else would happen, and as a kid, you really feel that intensity.
All the accounts are pretty incredible. Everyone has that moment etched in our brains forever. Ask me what I was doing when Lady Gaga’s debut album dropped and I have no flipping clue. But days like Sept. 11 are part of who we are. We remember.
Just three days until the 10th anniversary. Amazing it’s already been that long. But when you flash back to those memories, those thoughts of where you were and what you were doing, it still feels like it happened yesterday.