Steve Kerr Says Warriors Weren't Upset with Thunder's Treatment of Kevin Durant

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 11: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors walks onto the court for practice during before a NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on February 11, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is disputing a report the team was unhappy the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't honor Kevin Durant prior to his first game back at Chesapeake Arena on Feb. 11. 

Kerr addressed the situation on Monday in a video from Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Steve Kerr calls Sam Presti a friend and the Thunder a "first-class" organization, disputes ESPN report https://t.co/dhPpiEwKCl

Earlier in the day, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported the Warriors organization was "furious and bewildered" at the Thunder's inactivity surrounding Durant's return:

Sources say the Warriors were of the mindset that someone from ownership or management should have addressed the media on Durant's behalf to help ease the tension upon his return.

The feeling is that Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked, in a news conference setting, for his nine years of excellent service.

Haynes added the Warriors felt the lack of acknowledgement from anyone in the Thunder organization helped contribute to the hostile reaction Durant received from the Oklahoma City crowd last month. 

In the days leading up to the Feb. 11 matchup, Thunder general manager Sam Presti did acknowledge Durant and was appreciative of his time with the organization, per ESPN's Royce Young :

We are very appreciative of Kevin's contributions during the first eight years of the Thunder. As we have said, they're a big reason for the foundation that we stand on today. He, in partnership with many teammates, invested a great deal in helping to build a culture and identity for a franchise in its infancy stages, one whose accomplishments and identity we should all take great pride in representing.

Thunder fans did not react well to Durant leaving for Golden State over the summer, with many burning his jersey. 

The hostile reaction from Oklahoma City fans didn't seem to faze Durant. He scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 130-114 win.


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