On Monday evening, the Golden State Warriors will face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Arena for the second time this season. While former OKC golden boy Kevin Durant will be sidelined with a knee injury, the tension is no doubt still be boiling over by tip-off.
According to sources close to ESPN, the Warriors organization is extremely pissed off that the Thunder organization didn’t do much to make Durant feel welcome when he returned to play his old team for the first time back on February 11. The Dubs believe that more attention should have been paid to Durant’s nine years of service instead of highlighting his departure from Oklahoma City.
Sources say that the Warriors are extremely upset at the silence of the Thunder, which only seemed to fuel the media and fan hostility, making for a rather rude homecoming during the teams first meeting. The only thing welcoming Durant during that visit were echoes of boos and cardboard cutouts of cupcakes.
However, not everyone in the Warriors organization agrees with particular sources, including Dubs head coach Steve Kerr, who addressed the ESPN report during Monday morning’s shoot around:
Steve Kerr calls Sam Presti a friend and the Thunder a "first-class" organization, disputes ESPN report pic.twitter.com/dhPpiEwKCl
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 20, 2017
Could this be just another tactic to fuel OKC fans’ anger even though the target of that anger is sidelined? Very well could be.