If anyone wondered how new Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant would feel before his first game at Oracle Arena, trust and believe that it was anything but calm and relaxed.
According to Olympic and Warriors teammate Draymond Green, Durant was antsy before the United State Men’s National Basketball Team faced off against China in Oakland this week, according to The Undefeated.
“[Durant] kept saying, ‘Man, I got jitters. First-game jitters.’ But it was great to see,” Green said to the website.
A fan held up a sign declaring “KD is NOT the VILLAIN,” while the home faithful cheered as the team ran onto the court for warm-ups.
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“It felt a little weird for these fans to be cheering me on like that,” Durant said of the reaction. “Obviously, being somewhere for so long and then making the change, but it felt great. I appreciate all the basketball fans who come and enjoy us playing.”
Green, Durant, and Olympic and Warriors teammate Klay Thompson stood at center court prior to tip-off, with Green inviting the crowd to welcome Durant. Loud cheers and roars followed Durant, who acknowledged that “the vibes were great” throughout the night.
In addition to Green and Thompson playing alongside Durant, Warriors Andre Igoudala and Stephen Curry were also in attendance for Durant’s first game in Oracle Arena.
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