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Durant amazed by EuroLeague: “Do that in the NBA and you’ll end up in Rikers”

The Brooklyn Nets star was astounded by the fans at the EuroLeague game between Olympiacos and Monaco, calling it “the apocalypse.”

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Durant: Olympiacos - Monaco EuroLeague game "the apocalypse"
Emilee ChinnAFP

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was left in awe of the EuroLeague when he attended the quarter-final game between Olympiacos and Monaco at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. Durant attended the game to watch his friend and former Nets teammate Mike James, who plays for Monaco having been present for Game 4 of the series in the principality.

The NBA superstar was amazed by the atmosphere in the Peace and Friendship Stadium despite his international FIBA experience with the United States, with whom he played at World Championships in Turkey in 2010 and Spain in 2014, as well as the Olympic Games. Also present at the game was the actor Emma Stone, who was invited by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.

As well as flares in the stands and a raucous crowd during the game, fans also invaded the court before the end of regulation time and the EuroLeague has said it will open an investigation into the events.

Durant on Olympiacos-Monaco: “The apocalypse”

“The apocalypse,” Durant said on social media as he watched the chaos from the stands. Responding to a message from a fan, Durant replied: “Bring a flare to an nba game if you want and you might be in rikers,” in reference to the New York jail.

“Welcome to Europe,” responded Real Madrid and Spain player Sergio Llull.

Olympiacos won the game and the series to become the last side to qualify for the EuroLeague Final Four, where the Greek side will play reigning champions Anadolu Efes of Turkey. The other semi-final will be an all-Spanish affair contested between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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