By Luke Boze
When Kevin Durant announced that he intended to sign with the Golden State Warriors, there was immediate uproar from the fans of the NBA. Not only was Durant leaving Oklahoma City after a season in which they got into the third round of the 2015-2016 playoffs, he was leaving to join the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2015. He left the team to play for the team that he couldn’t beat, the team that kept him from his championship. We can’t expect any less because as the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”Even though KD left OKC to be on a team that could beat everyone, he didn’t get the start that he wanted. KD and the Warriors lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the season. Even though the Warriors were the runner up in the Championship race, they couldn’t overcome the Spurs, who finished 6th in the Western Conference. I, myself, considered it sad that the Warriors couldn’t beat the Spurs. They couldn’t beat them even though they have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who are arguably the best guard combination in the NBA, and then you add a top 5 small forward in Kevin Durant, there should be no reason to lose to anyone.
I’m sure that KD was thinking the same thing going into the game, and it showed as he scored a team high 27 points. KD also had 10 rebounds and 4 assists in his first game as a Golden State Warrior. However, it wasn’t enough to put the Warriors on top as they lost by 29 points. I’m sure that the Warriors will recover from the first loss and hopefully get back to the type of team that they were last year, and KD will help them get back to that form.