It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but I like to fancy myself an all-around sports fan. I grew up playing, watching, and following the “big three” at the time; baseball, basketball and football. 

Pretty much from the time I could walk my dad put a bat, ball, or glove in my hands, and I loved it! It was so great to be with my teammates; mom and dad were in the stands, and I had a chance to impress them if I could just crank out some good plays and hopefully our team wins.

As time went by, I started to discover that there were an almost infinite number of other sports that were just as interesting and sooooo different from my norm. 

Curling, darts, hockey, and the world’s sport of soccer appeared on my horizon, and that is when I knew that I was a sports addict. Clap along if you feel like happiness is a truth for you in this regard.

Now I find myself a sports reporter for our small town newspaper. I have the privilege of going to local sporting events and taking pictures, talking to fans, coaches and players and trying to convey the details and feel of the occasion with print and photos. And get this; they pay me to do it!

The inspiration for this column was a news story that I heard about Kevin Durant, the 30 year old, two-time defending NBA Finals MVP for the Golden State Warriors. 

There has been much speculation that KD is going to the New York Knicks after this season to try and create his own legacy in a big-time basketball town that has been struggling as of late. 

The Knicks haven’t been to the playoffs in a while, and they have a good shot at the number one pick in the upcoming NBA draft on June 20th, which could land them a potential superstar such as Zion Williamson or Ja Morant, and that could be appealing to a player such as Durant looking to make a name for himself as a leader and a game-changer. 

KD left Oklahoma City to come to the Warriors two years ago because he felt undervalued by the team. 

Several championships and much personal success prompted his teammates to say last week that, “KD is as happy as I have ever seen him.”

Why would you leave if you are happy is my question? Because the grass is always greener, more money, the lure of the big city, or some other reason that only a superstar athlete millionaire could possibly understand. All I know is that Durant is in a room without a roof.

Golden State is leading the Houston Rockets 2-1 in the Western Conference Semifinals at press time, and they have won three of the last four titles in the NBA.

I miss playing sports, but unfortunately I have gotten old, and now I have to live vicariously through the television and the youngsters that I cover each week for the Humboldt Sun. 

Can’t nothing bring me down, BECAUSE I’M HAPPY!!!

Contact Charlie Roome at c.roome@winnemuccapublishing.net