Kevin Durant: “I love Russ... I never back-stabbed him in real life”
Thursday night, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder go into Oracle Arena and take on Kevin Durant’s Warriors. It’s the first time Durant and Westbrook will have been opponents in a basketball game, and it promises to be dramatic — Westbrook is on a tear averaging a triple-double this season, while the Warriors have played well enough to win but have struggled defensively (26th in the NBA) and haven’t looked like a team with much grit.
But much of the drama about Westbrook and Durant has been off the court — reports of their relationship being a reason KD chose to go to the Bay Area, that Durant only texted Westbrook when he made his decision.
Durant did a couple very honest and revealing Q&As released Tuesday, where Durant opened up about his relationship with Westbrook. He told Sam Amick of the USA Today Thursday night will be emotional.
With Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News, Durant opened up about his relationship with Westbrook.
On informing Westbrook that he was going to Golden State via text:
Durant said the reports of he and Westbrook not getting along, not being brothers, was from people who benefited from the drama.
Westbrook has acted more like the jilted one in this relationship, and you can’t blame him for that. But I don’t doubt Durant still sees Westbrook as his brother, and for him this was not a personal slight — however Westbrook saw it.
We are on the outside, we don’t know how they feel. We can infer and speculate, but anyone who says they know for sure is selling something.
I expect Tuesday night the two will give each other a brief hug before and after the game, as KD will do with a number of former teammates. I also expect between the lines the Warriors are going to have a hard time slowing Westbrook down.