Tensions in the Middle East have cooled in recent days, however, with diplomacy replacing drawn out chatter of dire consequences that could have included U.S. attacks on Syria because of the country's usage of chemical weapons.
Still, with many Thunder players scheduled for promotional appearances and community events before and after Saturday's game against Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker, safety remains a high priority.
“We're all grown men,” Durant said. “We know when there's trouble and when there's not. We all got to stick together and help each other out in that area. The NBA's done a great job with everything in making sure we're well-secured. So we'll be fine.”
After completing all postgame obligations, the Thunder is scheduled to leave Istanbul for Manchester, England. There, the Thunder will play its second preseason game against Philadelphia on Oct. 8.
“We're going to follow through with the security protocol,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “But I know (the NBA) has our interest at hand. It's not something at this point I'm worried about. I'm just worried about getting there and being able to handle the time change and be able to function the next day.”