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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant can relate to being booed

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Modified: December 5, 2010 at 12:12 am •  Published: December 4, 2010

Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant noticed the reception Miami's LeBron James received Thursday night during his return to Cleveland.

“That crowd was hostile,” Durant said, “but that was kind of cool to see LeBron go in there (and play so well).”

Asked if he's ever been booed, the universally liked Durant smiled and said, “Of 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.

“In 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.”

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.


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