Kevin Durant is getting used to being portrayed as the villain following his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors this summer.
He's a long way from tasting the disdain from around the league, with the tip-off of the 2016-17 season not until October, but he has already gotten a little taste with Team USA.
At a sold out Staples Center last night, KD suited up for the Stars and Stripes as they rampaged past a helpless China side by 49 points, but he was booed by sections of the fans.
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The 2014 MVP tallied a game-high 19 points on the night, but he insists the boos couldn't have been that loud.
"I did? Huh," Durant said of being booed. "I didn't hear it."
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers did, though, and he had a theory as to why Durant, as well as Draymond Green, would be targeted.
"I think it's Clipper fans because they cheered DeAndre [Jordan]," Myers said. "That's just my guess."
The Warriors and the Clippers have developed a heated rivalry in recent years as both teams battle for Pacific supremacy. It's plausible that on their home turf they do not welcome a Warrior, but then again, Klay Thompson seemed to evade the chorus of jeers.
Other reasons include the fact that Durant turned down a meeting with the L.A. Lakers this summer, he spurned an offer to join the Clippers and, perhaps, just a general disdain for his decision to join the already great Warriors from around the league.
However, on Tuesday, Team USA rolls into Oakland and the Oracle Arena, the home of the Dubs.
"He won't get booed on Tuesday," Myers said with a smile.
Durant also commented, saying: "I'm excited to go to Oakland as a member of the Warriors. We'll see. I don't know what to expect. I'm just going to go up there, be my normal self and do my normal routine."