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OAKLAND -- It has been nearly five months since Kevin Durant became a member of the Golden State Warriors, and while his transition on the court has been relatively seamless, it took venturing outside of his comfort zone to fully integrate himself.Take Durants pregame routine, for example.In the past with the Oklahoma City Thunder, upon the completion of the intros, Durant typically moseyed up to the huddle with a no-nonsense, deadpan expression cemented to his face. Thats how intense he was prior to competition. Thats the only way he knew how to get himself up for the game.Nowadays, youll see Durant in a Golden State pregame huddle bobbing in place while performing a version of the two-step dance among his other hopping, dancing, bubbly teammates. This atmosphere is a little different.Man, dancing aint my thing, but you know Im a team player, Durant told ESPN in an exclusive interview.Am I going to be the only one out there not dancing? Thats not how I roll. Whatever my team wants to do, Im with it. Even if it means me getting out there dancing.Getting acclimated with the Warriors hasnt been an issue for Durant. He acknowledged that the biggest obstacle came with the relocation process after nine years in Oklahoma City, but his commitment to Team USA and the Rio Olympics in July and August made the move more complicated.Although his Team USA-high 19.4 points per game suggested he was dialed in and focused solely on basketball, thats not entirely accurate.Every day he was bombarded with phone calls, text messages and emails requesting his preferences and final approval on his new house: location, color scheme, square footage, proximity, landscape and interior decorating, to mention a few.Durant said he prefers the hands-on approach, but his busy summer schedule forced him into house hunting by proxy. He was also concerned with making sure the moving process wouldnt disrupt the lives of his mother, younger brother and personal chef, who would make their way to The Bay as well.Theres a lot that goes into it. Its not just what people think, Durant told ESPN. Obviously, were blessed enough to have the wealth to be able to kind of bypass some of those things that a normal person would [go through], but at the same time theres a lot of people depending on you to make their transition smooth too.And once he finally moved into his Oakland residence, there was an unfamiliar, uncomfortable feeling.Its the unknown, Durant said. When I rented my house, I didnt see it until I moved in. All I seen was pictures. And Im so used to knowing the route to get from the airport, to my house, to the practice facility, to the arena, to grab food. Just anything. I had my routine and I had how I operated [in OKC], but the unknown of that was a little nerve-wracking because I didnt know anyone. I didnt know who to call if I needed something in the city.I had to start over. But thats the stuff you dont really see, but at the same time, its an adjustment. Its an adjustment for whoever moves.Teammates tried their best to make him feel at home.I heard he liked crab legs, so I sent him a text with a crab leg spot to go to, Andre Iguodala said he did when Durant first arrived. We always talk about apps and stuff so we discussed certain apps to get him around. But once youre here a month or two, you kind of figure it out. Its pretty smooth.While the setting of a new city has become the new normal for Durant, another development emerged: a shift in how the superstar was being treated on social media.On Nov. 20, a concerned Durant tweeted, Thank you, Charlie Strong, in regards to the Texas head football coach who was recently fired, simply showing his appreciation for Strongs three-year run at Durants alma mater. Durant played one year at Texas and was the national player of the year before jumping to the NBA.Directly under his message were tweets from some of his 15 million followers, many unrelated to the topic at hand. His Twitter mentions read, Snake, traitor, you backstabbed an entire city, please dont exist, Benedict Arnold and I hate you, to reference a few.But Durant just takes it in stride, understanding this is the rhetoric that sometimes accompanies choosing what many feel is an unpopular path.It is what it is, but I tell you one thing, all that stuff stays [online]. Nobodys ever coming to me in my face and saying none of that, Durant said to ESPN.Its jokes. Everybody is just waiting for it. If you really didnt care [what I say], you wouldnt even follow my tweets. So obviously you care about something. But what, Im going to get mad at that? Hell nah.Social media can be a dark place where harassment and character attacks occur -- the norm for many athletes and celebrities. Durant maintains that he doesnt take the negative social media commentary personally. He said he gets it.Thats what kind of makes their day, Durant said to ESPN. Just being like, Oh, I talked to one of my favorite basketball players [on social media]. Even though I hate him, but hes still one of my favorites. I talked to a celebrity I really like but everybody else hates him, so Im going to join in on the party.Everybodys jumping on the waves. Thats just how it is.Whatever the overwhelming perception is of Durant as a player now that hes a Bay Area resident, it hasnt changed how he interacts with fans, mainly of the younger generation.After finishing his pregame shooting regimen at home or on the road, he always makes time to stop and sign autographs and pose for pictures with the kids before his entry into the locker room. Hes one of the true superstars in the league who consistently gives young fans a moment of his time before every game.The people who really enjoy the game, who really know the game, who dont care about none of that [off the court] stuff are kids, and they matter the most, Durant said.I saw a video of when a kid got his ball signed by Steph [Curry], and that raw emotion is what does it for me. Thats a moment hes never going to forget. Whereas the teenagers up to the grown-ups, their moments are, All right, let me go to this game just so I can tell one of these players how I feel about them, and thats going to make my day. The kids are what make the game. ?Through it all, he still has love for those fans who still dont approve of his offseason decision. And he said he also has love for those who opt to make it a point at every turn to remind him of their disapproval on social media. He said hell continue to be accessible to fans, whether or not he has hated social media. He wants all of his fans, including the negative ones, to know that hes appreciative of their support.Its fun, man, because its entertainment, Durant said. And I appreciate them letting us give them that opportunity, that experience.So if you want to heckle or if you want to cheer, as long as youre getting a release from whatever is going on in your normal life, thats cool. Thats what life is about. You have to take the good with the bad.And in his brief time with the Warriors, he has already picked up some nuances of the game that went undiscovered in previous seasons. His decision, which led to his move, has forced him to grow exponentially on and off the court.KD is always looking for other people. Hes so unselfish, said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Its amazing to watch because he can get any shot he wants any time, but hes constantly trying to get everybody else involved, which is a great trait especially for a superstar.His acclimation to the Warriors culture has gone smoothly, confirming that he made the right call.Its kind of crazy because you can see how life and sports are kind of parallel, because theres small things on the court where I was like, Wow, I didnt know it was supposed to be done this way, Durant said.The best part about it is that you find little small things that you didnt know about that you can learn every single day if youre looking for it. Adidas Shoes Outlet . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Adidas Shoes From China . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. http://www.cheapshoesadidas.com/ . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. Adidas Shoes Sale . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Wholesale Adidas Shoes . Just not the game. Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night. CLEVELAND -- The anticipation of their first division championship since 2007 is building for the Cleveland Indians.Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs and the Indians dropped their magic number for clinching an AL Central title to three games with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.Now that its here theres a lot of excitement that surrounds it, said winning pitcher Trevor Bauer. Even though every game is just as important, these feel a little bit more fun. Theres just a different atmosphere around it.Bauer (12-8) overcame two-run homers by Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia. The right-hander allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings.Ramirez, a key contributor in his first full season, had another big game. He hit a two-run homer in the fourth and had a two-run double in the sixth when Cleveland scored four times.Mike Napoli drove in two runs and became the first Cleveland player to reach 100 RBI since Victor Martinez in 2007.Its only human to see whats in front of you, but we still have to get to that point, Napoli said. Its not a bunch of talk about it.White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton left after running into the wall catching Roberto Perezs long drive in the sixth. He was down for several minutes before being helped to the dugout.Adam is pretty banged up, but he seems fine and is responsive, manager Robin Ventura said. It was actually his hip that was the issue, and when that happened, his back locked up.Coco Crisp was 3 for 4 with three RBI and hit a two-run double in the fifth to lead 6-4. Carlos Santana had three hits and is 10 for 16 in his last four games.Chicago has lost six in a row and was eliminated from the AL wild-card race.Chicago went ahead in thee first on Cabreras home run.dddddddddddd. Ramirezs homer tied the game, but Garcias two-run blast put back Chicago on top.Cleveland took advantage of three hits, a hit batter and an error by third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth against Miguel Gonzalez (4-8).Santana led off with a double and Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch. Following a wild pitch, Francisco Lindor hit a sacrifice fly and Napolis single tied the game.Juan Minaya replaced Gonzalez, and Frazier booted Ramirezs ground ball, moving Napoli to second. Crisp then delivered with two outs.Napoli, who entered in an 0-for-20 slump, had three hits and added an RBI single in the sixth to reach the century mark.Its something nice but to be able to do it on a winning team is even better, he said.Gonzalez allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings.OPPOSITE FIELDBauer was surprised Garcia was able to take his fifth-inning pitch to right field, a towering drive that barely cleared the wall.That was ridiculous, he said. I jammed the heck out of him. He looked to left field because he thought he pulled it. I have no idea how its a homer.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: 2B Tyler Saladino (back discomfort) was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Carlos Sanchez.Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (strained forearm) played catch Friday, but its unclear when hell throw a bullpen session.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Jose Quintana, who starts Saturday, needs four innings to record his fourth straight season of 200 innings pitched.Indians: RHP Cody Anderson, forced into the rotation by injuries, will make his first start since June 7. ' ' '

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