We are still mourning the loss of Cliff Dixon who was FATALLY killed in Atlanta outside of his BIRTHDAY PARTY early Thursday morning!
Kevin Durant and Quinn Cook of the Golden State Warriors are feeling the pain even more. Durant has often called Dixon his “adopted brother.”
The news hit the two players hard as they took the court on Thursday night for a key matchup against the Indiana Pacers in Oakland; Durant was visibly subdued throughout, while East Bay Times photographer Jose Carlos Fajardo captured a tearful Cook during the pre-game:
Durant has dedicated the remainder of the NBA season to his childhood friend.
The news of Dixon’s passing hits especially hard, as he was one of the people Durant thanked after winning the NBA MVP award in 2014; Durant’s mother took Dixon in when he was 16 years old, according to the Oklahoman.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters before the game about what Durant and Cook are going through, and described a “very somber mood in shootaround” on Thursday. He also noted that the possibility of either player sitting out was not discussed. “For most of us who play this game or coach this game, this is kind of our refuge,” Kerr said. “Being able to play, being able to immerse yourself in a game is kind of the best way to deal with something tragic, something difficult.”
Wanda Pratt, Durant’s MOTHER also sent out condolences to Dixon’s family in the wake up of the shooting: