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.
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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.