After nine seasons as one of the NBA’s most beloved superstars, Kevin Durant turned into a “villain” for some this summer, and he better get used to hearing plenty of boos from the stands.
The Staples Center crowd boos during the Team USA intros when KD is announced, subsequently cheers for DeAndre. pic.twitter.com/0n79lZObSL
— Alexis Morgan (@alexiskmorgan) July 25, 2016
Fans in Los Angeles voiced their displeasure Sunday night with KD’s free agent move to Golden State, but the former MVP said he didn’t hear them.
No matter, Durant and Team USA cruised to a 106-57 exhibition victory against China.
Per the AP:
When he suits up in Oakland on Tuesday for the first time since joining the Golden State Warriors, he’ll get another reception entirely. […] But no hate or love from the stands is going to deter Durant from trying to win a gold medal or an NBA title.
“The crowd here tonight was great, so hopefully it’s just as good at Oracle,” Durant said after scoring 19 points at a packed Staples Center during the Americans’ 106-57 victory over China in the second stop of a five-game pre-Olympics showcase. […] When told he had been booed in pregame introductions, Durant seemed surprised: “No, I didn’t hear it. I did? Huh. I didn’t hear it.”
The Los Angeles fans were gathered to cheer for the Americans during an exhibition blowout, but some of them couldn’t resist jabbing at the newest member of the Warriors and his two-team teammate, Draymond Green. The Clippers fans in the crowd supported the red, white and blue — but those colors represent something else to them for most of the year, and they let their new nemesis know it.