Kevin Durant was one of three Oklahoma City Thunder players on Tuesday to take time away from prepping for the team's season opener and visit with local children in the hospital, as the team's official website writes. Durant, Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson all visited the OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City to play video games, sign autographs for and hang out with kids suffering from various ailments.
Durant said the experience will provide him with some perspective as the team gets ready for another season:
"It's a tough time in their life, but everybody is smiling," Durant said. "It makes me feel good and makes me wake up every morning and be thankful and know that somebody is out here just fighting for their life. I just want to play for all these kids here today. Every game I want to dedicate to these kids here. It just gives me the extra push every time I wake up in the morning."
The Thunder hit the road to play the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night to open the 2012-13 season, but not before providing a treat for the children:
"It's been a great day and I'm happy to see KD and them," nine-year old Ramon Hill said. "I had my shirt signed and all that... It was very special and I'm happy to see the Thunder players."