Report: Warriors “Furious” at Thunder for Treatment of Kevin Durant in Return to OKC
The Golden State Warriors are “furious and bewildered” about the way Kevin Durant was treated by the Thunder in his return to Oklahoma City.
No, really. This is what the Warriors are complaining about now.
On February 11, Durant played his first game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena since joining Golden State in the offseason. The Thunder did nothing to honor Durant for his nine years or service prior to his return, and the in-game operations staff made no mention of it during the game itself.
Now, as the Warriors prepare for the second and final game in Oklahoma City on Monday night, somebody in the organization is singing like a canary to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Apparently the Warriors believe Thunder management and ownership should have held some sort of ceremony or official greeting to thank Durant for everything he did for the franchise and city. Doing this would have “issued their fans a reminder and [and provided] proper perspective on Durant’s role in elevating the Thunder into a perennial championship-contending team.” Instead, the Thunder’s silence “contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere for a player many consider to be the franchise’s all-time best.”
All the quotes are from Haynes. He doesn’t use any direct quotes from his source. However, one gets the sense that he only slightly re-worded things.
Something tells me the Warriors’ whining is not going to elicit much sympathy outside northern California. These guys are quickly becoming the New England Patriots of basketball.
Hat Tip – [The Score]