“You always have a bounce on your step when you go back to the place where you played,” Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. “You get an emotional kickstart. Just walking into the building is exciting.”
“I can’t even imagine what it’d be like for KD, that’s a totally different level. It’s one thing to be a role player for a few years, but a superstar in one town and have the whole place adore you, the whole city… To go back, it’s gonna be obviously very emotional for him.”
Point guard Stephen Curry shared his side of the tale, from a player’s perspective:
“I’m sure he’ll try to keep it as normal as possible, but I’m sure there will be emotions that he’ll have,” said Curry. “He left a lot of blood, sweat, and tears there in OKC, that becomes a part of who you are. And even though he’s with us and moved to the next chapter, this will probably be the first time he’ll get those familiar smells, those first sights of the arena and all that kind of stuff. Hopefully by the time the game starts, he’ll lock in and be himself, and I’m sure he will.”
“I don’t know how the fans will react, but I hope they appreciate what he built there.”
In two home matchups thus far this season, the Warriors have beaten the Thunder by an average of 23.5 points per game.
After a brilliant month of January, Durant is shooting only 37.8 percent from the field throughout three games in February. He is currently mired in a cold spell from deep, making only 12 of his last 53 attempts from beyond the arc.