While Kevin Durant has yet to share the court with teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Golden State Warriors uniforms, they already showed some chemistry on the floor as teammates on Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
On Sunday, Durant and Green were booed by the sellout crowd at Staples Center before Team USA's 106-57 win over China. While his game mentality may have blocked it out, Durant claimed he didn't even hear it.
"I did? Huh," Durant said of being booed. "I didn't hear it."
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After agreeing to join the Warriors in free agency, joining Stephen Curry, Thompson, and Green to form the latest NBA super team -- or simply one of the two super teams in the league along with the New York Knicks if you asked Derrick Rose -- Durant signed up to be basketball's newest villain.
The boos are going to be frequent and they're going to be louder once the season starts. When the Warriors go on the road to cities like Boston, New York, and Durant's now-former residence in Oklahoma City, he will never hear the end of it.
It probably didn't help when his Team USA teammate and Los Angeles Clippers All-Star DeAndre Jordan asked Durant point blank why he didn't sign with the Clippers in free agency.
Stunned by Jordan's inquiry, Durant seemed slightly irked and responded to the big man that he'd talk to him about it another time. In a more playful tone, Durant told Jordan that he asked him a "bad question."
But it's clear that Durant's decision impacted him more than anyone or anything else. He said previously he couldn't get out of bed for several days as his decision haunted him. Every news organization, pundit, and fan was and is talking about him. A lot of criticism for leaving the team he started his career with to join the so-called "enemy" has followed him since his July 4 announcement on the Players' Tribune that he's leaving OKC for Golden State.
While he plans for multiple championships, OKC is planning a season without him for the first time since the organization moved from Seattle. Victor Oladipo, the guard OKC acquired from the Orlando Magic thought he would team with Durant in OKC for 10 days. However, Durant's decision changed that.
Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman writes that Durant and Oladip exchanged several texts after the trade, leading OKC's new guard to imagine several championship parades of his own. However, he and Russell Westbrook are now the expected two primary pieces for the team.
“Oh, I'm still excited,” Oladipo said for next season. “I'm looking forward to the season, looking forward to playing. I think we're gonna be really good.”
In that same media session where Jordan grilled Durant, however, he maintained that he's blocked out all the negativity surrounding his polarizing decision.
"I have people coming up to me saying 'forget what everybody saying,'," Durant said. "But I haven't heard anything.
To attain the success he desires in Golden State, Durant will need to have everything fall on deaf ears.