During shoot-around Saturday GSW Kevin Durant was doing normal shots, then he punched the ball into the air and it smacked a well know fan in the head.Of course, because this is Oracle Arena and the Warriors are the biggest show in sports, the fan wasn’t any regular Joe Six Pack. ESPN’s Marc Spears reports the fan in question was Joseph Franzia.
Not only is Franzia a 75-year-old Marine veteran with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star from his service in Vietnam, he’s also a member of the famed Franzia wine family. Though the Franzias sold off their boxed wine operation over 40 years ago, they now own Bronco Wine Company, the fourth-largest wine company in the United States.
We’ll put it this way: If you’ve ever consumed a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s, you’ve had Franzia’s wine.
The good news is that Franzia felt better after some ice and Durant invited him to the locker room after the game, where he presented Franzia with a signed pair of shoes.
Franzia, in turn, invited Durant out to the vinyards in the future to share a glass of wine.
No, it wasn’t the best way for KD to start a friendship, but it sounds like all’s well that ends well.