Boston fans were all too ready to extend Kevin Durant the customary greeting for opposing superstars on Friday. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star also considered donning the green and white before eventually settling on heading to the Bay.
When KD took his talents to Silicon Valley, he gained Draymond Green as a teammate. The versatile power forward didn’t mince words after the 104-88 victory when offering his opinion on how Celtics fans received Durant.
The All-Star told ESPN: “Fans must be desperate. Like, who boos a guy for taking an interview? That’s crazy. I don’t get that. Y’all booing somebody for interviewing [with] y’all? Man, they may scare free agents away.”
The former MVP didn’t take the boos to heart though. He told reporters that the energy in the building made tipoff more exciting. So, he’s getting used to the hostile environments on the road and trying to stay positive.
Green’s thoughts looks good on paper because the biggest free agent on the market didn’t need to give Boston a meeting at all. His flirtation with the franchise along with the signing of Al Horford has Celtics stock higher than it has been since Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce left.
But, in the real world, fans are going to be angry when a player spurns them. This is especially true when that player goes to a team that already won 73 games last year and came within a game of capturing the NBA title.
The Warriors know what they are doing when they offer comments like this to the media. Deflecting criticism and pointing out the absurdity of their season is the only way that they are going to make it through when every loss will be dissected and discussed.
For Boston, the only way that the C’s will have a chance to lure the next big free agent is to continue to win games and improve the roster. When they snare that big fish in the pond, there will be plenty to cheer about.