The next time you see Kevin Durant play in an NBA game, you might have trouble recognizing him.
Not because he'll be playing for a new team, after choosing the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. And not because he'll be significantly hampered coming off a ruptured Achilles (god willing).
Rather, it would be because No. 35 is no more.
That's right. Durant, who was worn No. 35 going back even beyond his freshman year at the University of Texas, has opted for a new jersey number on his new team.
No. 35 is now No. 7.
That will take some getting used to.
In explaining his decision to change numbers, Durant reflected on the different places he's passed through on his basketball journey, from Seat Pleasant, Maryland to Seattle, to Oklahoma City, and finally, to Golden State.
"Lastly, 35 allowed me to go to the Bay Area and win two championships and form brotherhoods that no time or distance will ever break," Durant summarized.
The Warriors have already stated that no Golden State player will ever wear No. 35 for as long as Joe Lacob is co-chairman and CEO. Perhaps it's fitting that in departing the Dubs, Durant won't either.