2014 - February 13 - CoverSo the original title of this post was going to be something generic like “Kevin Durant rocks Nike KD 6 ‘Aunt Pearl.’” But something about that felt hollow and kind of wrong. By using that title, it felt like we were just reducing the legacy of somebody who was very close to Kevin Durant to a pair of kicks. But the reality is that we all have somebody like Aunt Pearl in our lives; basically someone who was influential in shaping us into the people we are today. So when I see KD wear the “Aunt Pearl” KD 6, I thank her for being such a positive influence in Durant’s life that he is now one of the best players in the NBA and I think about and thank all of the Aunt Pearls in my life as well.

(And if that wasn’t enough, “Family Business” by Kanye West is now playing on my phone as I’m writing this.  Is Stevie is out of jail?)

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