Kevin Durant paused. He took a stutter step â€” not unlike one that separates him from his defender for a tear drop or finish at the rim â€” until someone summoned him. Deciding that it was too late now, he bounded up the stadium-style seating at Manhattanâ€™s 40/40 Club against oncoming traffic: daps, onlookers, smiling faces, flashing lights. He was loathe to interrupt an auction for Robinson Canoâ€™s Super Heroes Fundraiser and Dominoes Tournament. Durant took his place, greeting Cano himself, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, Vice President of Roc Nation Sports Rich Kleiman, Executive Vice President Def Jam Sean Pecas and, finally, Jay-Z.
Just hours earlier, Durant posted a picture to his Instagram, confirming the since-rumored move. â€œGrateful for this opportunity with Roc Nation Sports,â€ it read above the photo. â€œItâ€™s go time.â€ The date was June 24.