August 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Sunday memo: Durant returns . . . Road closures . . . Obliteride
Back in Seattle: They haven’t been seen on a basketball court in Seattle in five years, but that changes this afternoon at 1o-’clock when Kevin Durant and Jeff Green return to play in the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am at Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific University campus. Durant and Green started their NBA careers here in Seattle for a long-lost team known as the Sonics. The next year they were whisked away to Oklahoma City and called themselves Thunder. There are lots of basketball fans here in Seattle who still remember, Durant especially, so plan to show up early.
Start early: Wherever you are going on area highways today, you should consider an early start. All lanes of northbound Interstate-405 between Southeast Eighth Street and Highway 520 in Bellevue are closed for construction, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The
northbound Highway 167 ramp and east- and westbound ramps from Interstate-90 are also closed. Closed segments of I-405 will start opening at 4 a.m. Monday, and the 167 ramp will open at 5 a.m.
Better by bike: About 700 bicyclists continue riding today in the first Obliteride, which has cancer survivors, cyclists and community members raising money for cancer research at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Research Center. The riders are passing through 25 Puget Sound communities and all end today at Magnuson Park where the finish-line party goes on until 6 p.m. with live music, food and kids activities.
More sports: It was a special night for Ken Griffey Jr. as he was inducted into the Mariner Hall of Fame, but a not-so-special night for the current roster of Seattle’s baseball team as they were crushed 10-0 by the Milwaukee Brewers. They try again today at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco. The WNBA Seattle Storm plays San Antonio today at 6 p.m. at KeyArena.
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