Kevin Durant was booed every time he touched the ball Saturday, that’s his new reality
Kevin Durant and the Warriors don’t have to like it, they may not understand it, but this is going to be their reality on the road this season:
During the introductions and every time Durant touched the ball Saturday night — in a preseason game in Vancouver against the Raptors — the crowd was not saying “boo-urns” they were full-throated booing. The other Warriors were roundly cheered by the fans excited to have the NBA back in the city (even if it is preseason), but Durant was greeted like a traitor in a town that doesn’t even have an NBA team. (If you want to argue there was a mix of cheers and boos you can, but the boos sounded louder.)
Durant himself shrugged at the reaction to his leaving Oklahoma City to form a superteam, as reported by Monte Poole at CSNBayArea.com.
Stephen Curry was just confused by the reaction, as he told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, but he’s going to have to get used to it.
Playing basketball is something Durant and the Warriors didn’t do terribly well in this preseason game, falling to the Raptors 97-93. The Warriors looked like a team still trying to fit the puzzle pieces together (which they are). Durant had nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, and with three turnovers.
The Warriors will figure things out and get better. The boos, however, aren’t going away this season. Golden State needs to embrace its new role as villains, whether it thinks it earned that reputation or not.