Kevin Durant

Warriors fans give Durant standing ovation before Chase Center return

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At long last, Warriors fans had an opportunity to show their appreciation for Kevin Durant.

Prior to Golden State's 2023-24 NBA season opener against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at Chase Center, Durant had returned to the Bay Area multiple times and even played in a game at the arena without fans as a member of the Brooklyn Nets in March 2021, but had not played in front of the Warriors' home crowd since his departure from the organization after the crushing 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Just prior to tipoff, the Warriors welcomed the two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP with a touching tribute video highlighting Durant's three seasons with the organization.

Dub Nation greeted Durant with a standing ovation.

Durant has cemented his place in Warriors franchise history and one day could have his No. 35 jersey retired in the Chase Center rafters.

While his Warriors tenure and subsequent departure were tumultuous at times, it's clear that Dub Nation appreciates Durant's contributions and never will forget his three seasons in the Bay.

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