OAKLAND — Kevin Durant insists that he bleeds the Washington Redskins’ burgundy and gold. Steph Curry recently showed up at the Coliseum sporting the No. 1 jersey of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
While the pair of Golden State Warriors still root for their hometown NFL teams, they can’t help but respect the rise of the team Oakland Raiders.
“They’ve got the faithful that have been waiting for a season like this for a while,” said Curry when asked to compare the ascension on the Raiders to that of the Dubs. “So, you love to see a fan base rewarded for their loyalty.”
Curry called the atmosphere at Raiders’ games “wild” and “crazy” while Durant could sense the ambition when he made his first trip to the Silver and Black side of the Coliseum Complex a couple of Sundays back.
“You could just see it in everybody’s eyes that it’s a new season. It’s a new regime,” Durant said. “And they’re trying to grab something special, which is a Super Bowl. So, we’ll see how it goes.”
Curry, who said he’s had the chance to meet Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, is glad to have another winning team in town.
“The biggest thing for me is we know how much sports means to the Bay Area,” Curry said. “And to see what they’re doing — creating hype and excitement, making people proud to support Bay Area sports teams — that’s what it’s all about.”