Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant noticed the reception Miami's LeBron James received Thursday night during his return to Cleveland.
â€œThat crowd was hostile,â€ Durant said, â€œbut that was kind of cool to see LeBron go in there (and play so well).â€
Asked if he's ever been booed, the universally liked Durant smiled and said, â€œOf course I've been booed, on the road, especially in college. Texas A&M. Oklahoma State was probably the worst. Of course you get booed in college because they don't care who you are.
â€œIn the NBA? We got booed in Oklahoma City one game in my second year (the Thunder's first season). We weren't playing so well.â€
Durant was referring to the 108-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Ford Center on Nov. 19, 2008. With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter and the Clippers in the midst of 42-12 run, Thunder fans booed after coach P.J. Carlesimo called for a timeout.
There were more moans than boos, but there undeniably were boos.
It was the Thunder's ninth straight loss and dropped its record to 1-11. Two nights later, the Thunder lost by 25 at home to New Orleans and assistant Scott Brooks was picked to replace Carlesimo as head coach.
WIRED ON WESTBROOK
Now an assistant with the Raptors, Carlesimo gives full credit to Thunder general manager Sam Presti for selecting Russell Westbrook with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft.
Presti liked Westbrook all along, but so did Carlesimo.
â€œWhere I was torn was (choosing between) Russell or (Stanford center) Brook Lopez,â€ Carlesimo said. â€œWith me, it was big versus small. Those guys (Presti and Co.) had Russell wired. They thought he was going to be so special that you couldn't pass that up. I loved Russell, but the decision for me was whether we went big or we went small. If we went small, there was no discussion needed. It was Russell.â€
Backup forward D.J. White, who sprained his right ankle in the second quarter of Friday night's 111-99 loss at Toronto and did not return, remains questionable for today's 6 p.m. game against Golden State.
White will be re-evaluated after this morning's shoot-around session at the Thunder practice facility.
â€œIt's always a show. You're never quite sure what's coming next. He's exciting. He's just a specimen right now. He's like a video game â€” him and Blake Griffin.â€ â€” Durant on the explosiveness of Westbrook
Next five for Thunder
Today: vs. Golden State, 6 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Four players average 15-plus points in Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Dorell Wright.
Monday: at Chicago, 7 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Thunder opened season with a victory over Bulls, who are struggling to stay atop the Central Division.
Wednesday: at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Timberwolves fought hard Nov. 22 in loss at OKC and were led by Kevin Love and Darko Milicic.
Friday: at New Orleans, 7 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Eleven days earlier, Thunder put together comeback victory against Chris Paul and David West.
Sunday: vs. Cleveland, 6 p.m. (FSO) &mdash If Thunder is unable to beat Golden State, it will still be looking for first Sunday victory of season.