Kevin Durant's return to Oklahoma City continues to be a fascinating topic in the world of sports, even two days after he and his Warriors blew out his former Thunder team on Saturday night. Many tuned in to see how Durant would be received by the Thunder fans, who ended up booing him during player introductions and throughout the game.
On Sunday, at Wizards practice, head coach Scott Brooks - who coached Durant and the Thunder for seven years - gave his take on the boos. On Monday, at shootaround before the Wizards were set to host the Thunder in Washington, both Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan weighed in.
Beal's take, coming from a player's perspective, was a bit stronger.
"That's a part of life. That happens. I'm not here to judge anybody," Beal said. "KD made a decision. It is what it is. He plays for the Golden State Warriors, it's not going to change. It's set in stone now. You definitely have to expect boos when you come back and for people not to like you. You were OKC, but he made a decision and he's a grown man at the end of the day. You gotta respect it."
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Donovan was asked if the fans went too far. He opted to not pick sides, which is probably wise for a coach who calls Oklahoma City home and also has a relationship with Durant, having coached him last season.
"I don't know. That's not for me to decide," Donovan said. "People buy tickets, people are there. I think there was a lot of talk before the game as it related to what kind of crowd response there was. As a coach, you're just focusing on what's going on in between the lines and what's happening there and what you have to do to play against that team. That's not something that - going into it we got asked a lot about it - but I didn't really give a whole lot of thought to it. Being here for a year and them him being in Oklahoma City for as long as he had, he had a long history for the amount of time that he spent there."
Durant will be back in Oklahoma City in about five weeks, on March 20, as the Warriors close out their season series against the Thunder.
Watch pre- and postgame coverage of Wizards-Thunder on CSN beginning with Wizards Gametime at 7 p.m.