Kevin Durant is enjoying life with the United States men's national basketball team ahead of the Rio Olympics. The superstar roster has played three warm-up games so far, winning by a combined total of 136 points, and the 2014 MVP has played a prominent role.
He took part in his first game at the Oracle Arena last night since he joined the Golden State Warriors during free agency, getting a rousing reception from the crowd in the Bay before scoring 13 points, pulling down three boards and providing two assists during the rout of China.
Before Tuesday's game, Durant spoke about the new tag of 'villains' that has been bestowed upon the Warriors and himself - the 27-year-old was booed during Team USA's previous game at the Staples Center - and he believes that the style of play employed by the Dubs will make it hard for casual fans to hate them.
As per The Vertical, he said: “If you like basketball. If you enjoy basketball. But if you enjoy the drama and everything that comes around, the narratives, the comparisons and the rankings, obviously, it’s going to be like a TV show to you.
"If you enjoy pure basketball, like I enjoy it, then it don’t matter who is playing. You’re going to want to watch good basketball. If you enjoy basketball in its purest form, you can appreciate how far our league has come and the great players in our league."
The Dubs are a team that prides themselves on team basketball and sharing the workload. With four legitimate stars on the roster, it is incredible that egos are put aside in the pursuit of glory.
Everybody is scared of the Warriors, and Team USA has given us a glimpse into the future. They have every right to be intimidated.