Staples Center Crowd Boos Kevin Durant During Team USA Game


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On Tuesday, Kevin Durant will play his first game in Oracle Arena since he joined the Golden State Warriors this offseason.

He'll do so as a member of Team USA, playing in an exhibition game against China for the second time in a week.

"I'm excited to go to Oakland as a member of the Warriors," Durant said after Team USA's easy victory on Sunday. "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."

Another reason he might be excited—he probably won't get booed in his new home stadium, as he did at Staples Center on Sunday according to USA Today.

"I think it's Clipper fans, because they cheered DeAndre (Jordan)," said Warriors GM Bob Myers after the exhibition in which Durant led Team USA in scoring with 19 points. "That's just my guess."

As for the upcoming game at Oracle? "He won't get booed on Tuesday," Myers said.

"The crowd here tonight was great, so hopefully it's just as good at Oracle," Durant said.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder star has been regularly ridiculed since his decision to join a Warriors team coming off two NBA Finals appearances, including one championship and a record 73-win season.

He said he didn't notice the boos.

"No, I didn't hear it," he responded after being told he was booed during pregame intros. "I did? Huh. I didn't hear it."

Whether that's true or not, he better get used to saying it, because he'll be booed a lot next season.