Kevin Durant Picks Silly Fight With White House

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President Obama played a high-profile game of basketball on Sunday, inviting current and former NBA stars like LeBron James, Carmello Anthony, Grant Hill, and Magic Johnson to the White House for a game of hoops for an audience of wounded veterans. Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, the league's reigning scoring champion, lives just "a minute or so outside Southeast D.C." in Seat Pleasant, MD, but did not manage to score an invite. He is not pleased:

"I didn't even know it was going on until somebody told me on Twitter,'' Durant said in an interview with FanHouse following his Team USA's practice Tuesday at New York's John Jay College in preparation for this month's World Championship in Turkey. "I would have loved to be there. I'm from DC, and I never had a chance to go the White House. It would have been cool. But there's always next year. Hopefully, they'll do it again and I'll be invited.

"I was born and raised (in the Washington area). It would have been cool to go up there and play on the court and just to meet the president since I've been living there my whole life and never got a chance to do it ... Especially him being the first African-American president (and) being a big basketball fan, it'd have been cool for me to see and a great experience.''

It's clear Durant feels he was entitled to play in the game over the weekend, but is this really a snub? The list of talented superstars who also weren't there is long—Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Shaq, Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, to name a few—but you don't hear them complaining.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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