Dub Nation amped for Kevin Durant debut in Warriors preseason game

ByMike Shumann and Carolyn Tyler KGO logo
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Warriors fans are seen queuing outside Oracle Arena in Oakland before Kevin Durant's first preseason game at home on Oct. 4, 2016.
Warriors fans are seen queuing outside Oracle Arena in Oakland before Kevin Durant's first preseason game at home on Oct. 4, 2016.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Warriors play their second preseason game Tuesday at Oracle Arena after eight days of training camp. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, but this is the first chance for Golden State fans to see new acquisition Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform in person.

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Coach Steve Kerr claims he hasn't yet put in his entire offence or defense, but preseason this year may be as important as ever with all the new additions, namely Kevin Durant.

KD struggled Saturday night against Toronto in his first game as a Warrior, but that's too be expected. He's trying to get used to a new system, new teammates, and new surroundings. We saw flashes of his former MVP brilliance in Vancouver.

Durant has been an established player, so he's going to pick it up. But he says he has a long way to go to catch up with his teammates.

"There's a lot I need to learn about the game of basketball," he said. "You know, I'm not as smart as I thought I was about the game. It's played a different way here than I was used to playing. I learned a lot, obviously, in my years in the league, but this is a different system, a different philosophy of basketball I am learning. So it's going to take some time."

He also added that he's starting to get comfortable with his new teammates.

"The good thing about having really good players around you, you know, they sharpen you," he said. "Steph is a little bit more advanced in knowing what to do here than I am. Klay is, Andre is, Shaun is. So just from watching those guys I just try to follow what they do within the offense but also try to add my flair to it and add what I do as a player. It's iron sharpening iron and it's the only way I'm going to get better."

Warriors fans have always viewed Durant as the enemy, but Tuesday he comes in as a Warrior and he has fans beyond excited for his Oracle Arena debut. Not only will Durant make his debut, but it's also Steph Curry bobblehead night.

Fans are ready to forget last season's championship loss, and look to the future starting with Tuesday's preseason game.

It feels like the season opener, and some fans waited in line for hours. The Warriors team store has that new season smell and Kevin Durant merchandise now has some prime real estate. Fans can't wait to see #35 and all of Golden State.

"I've been on withdrawals, watching the re-runs on TV, and now here we are today," said fan Shelli Thompson. "We're here. Let's get this done."

The new-look Warriors have four All-Stars: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and now Kevin Durant. Dub Nation expectations are beyond high.

"We're gonna score about 120 points a game, and maybe 68 wins, 69 wins," predicted Warriors fan Dan Frank.

Fellow fan Brian Nitenson boasted that the Warriors will, "Probably win in our division, win in playoffs definitely. They'll increase the prices a little bit more. It's worth it definitely worth it to see KD."

A chance to see the super team attracted two Austrians visiting America for the first time.

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"We don't have much option to see the Warriors in Europe," said International fan Markus Marchsteiner. "So we have to do it now, tonight."

Tuesday is the night to get a good look. This new season may take away the sting of how last season ended.

When asked what it would take to get over the loss, another fan said, "A couple of more tears I guess."

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