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NaVorro Bowman welcomes former middle school teammate Kevin Durant to the Bay Area

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NaVorro Bowman and Kevin Durant have known each since they were 8, and even played middle school basketball together. Bowman welcomed Durant to the Bay Area on Monday.

The Golden State Warriors made a huge splash on Monday, signing free agent forward Kevin Durant. It is not surprising that folks around the Bay Area welcomed Durant to the Bay Area. One of those players was San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman and Durant actually have extensive history. Back during the lead up to Super Bowl 47, we learned that the two have known each other since they were 8, and they played on the same middle school basketball team. It turns out Durant thought Bowman was going to be the one playing in the NBA.

"We played on the same middle school basketball team," Durant said, "and, surprisingly, he was the best player on the team. I was kinda like his sidekick. I really thought he was going to the NBA, but he didn't grow."

Bowman posted to Instagram after the Durant signing. He said he got crap for cheering on the Thunder when they played the Warriors, but there are no more issues now. I think it’s safe to say we’ll see plenty of Durant at 49ers game and Bowman at Warriors games later this fall.