Kevin Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets four years after leaving the Golden State Warriors, but the star forward has yet to play in front of those supporters. Durant hasn’t had a chance to have a warm welcome back from the team he won two Finals MVP awards with since the epidemic kept spectators away from arenas for a lot of that period, and he’s been struggling with a number of ailments.
The Warriors will celebrate Durant appropriately on that night, according to newly appointed general manager Mike Dunleavy, when they visit the Phoenix Suns on opening night of the NBA season in 2023–24.
“I think the combo of him returning and us opening against a formidable opponent should make the building pretty electric,” Dunleavy said during an appearance on 95.7 The Game. “We gotta figure out a way to appropriately honor Kevin. He hasn’t actually played in Chase Center since departing. I know it’s been a while, but anytime great players like that who have given up so much to the franchise come back, you gotta figure out a way to honor them. We’ll do that appropriately.”
The legendary forward won back-to-back Finals MVP titles in 2017 and 2018, as well as helping the Warriors advance to the Finals once again in 2019, before suffering an injury against the Toronto Raptors. Durant will forever be remembered as a significant figure in Warriors history.