Golden State Warriors’ Dreams Get Real as Kevin Durant Lights Up Oracle Arena

July 27th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

OAKLAND, Calif. — The dreamlike idea of Kevin Durant playing for the Golden State Warriors got real Tuesday, when Team USA faced China in a pre-Olympic exhibition at Oracle Arena.

Based on the reaction of thousands of Warriors fans in attendance, it was one of those rare awakenings better than the reverie itself. Because there he was—wearing USA kit, sure, but in Golden State's home arena for the first time, technically, as a Warrior.

Nearly two hours before tipoff, Durant took the floor to warm up in an empty, silent gym.

When the doors opened and fans began streaming in a few minutes later, he was hardly alone. And it was far from silent.

The enthusiasm was overwhelming. Fans clad in Warriors paraphernalia streamed down in twos and threes from the upper level. Each small group observed some version of the same ritual: Stop atop the arena stairs above the court, watch Durant working through drills with USA assistant coach Monty Williams, exchange wide-eyed looks of disbelief and then sprint down as close to the floor a ...

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