When Kevin Durant spurned the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors in free agency this past offseason, we saw plenty of OKC fans take their anger to the next level.
Which might explain why the 2014 MVP and his business manager chose to load up on safety precautions for his first game as a visitor at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday night.
This according to ESPN's Chris Haynes:
A heightened armed security team has been procured, tripling the normal amount of security personnel the Warriors typically travel with, league sources told ESPN.
"I know they're going to be rowdy in there, man," Durant said earlier this week about his return to Oklahoma City. "I've been a part of some of the loudest nights in that arena. So I know it's not going to be the friendliest welcome, but, like I said, I can't wait to see the people that I really built relationships with over my time there and, you know, I'm sure fans that I got to know throughout my time playing there, even though they might not cheer for me out loud, I'll give 'em a wink and they know what we had deep down inside."
Durant's mother Wanda Durant will be in attendance, sitting with Durant's business manager, Rich Kleiman. The pair will have their own security officials assigned to them.
"Well, I wasn't prepared for the reaction. I knew that people would be disappointed when he left. But I cried at some of the things that I had read on my social media," Wanda Durant told SportsCenter on Friday. "And it's going to hurt a little bit because I know how much he loves Oklahoma City, how much he cares about the organization and the team and some of his former teammates. And so it's going to be hard, but I'm going to be there with him to support him. So we're going to get through it, though."
Russell Westbrook, as has been the case since Durant left, preferred not to discuss his former teammate's departure.
Westbrook asked what kind of atmosphere he expects Saturday: "Same one we have every night."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 10, 2017
Golden State won teams' two previous meetings this season, both Warriors home games, by a combined score of 47.