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Russell Westbrook on Kevin Durant calling Warriors selfless: ‘Cute,’ apparently Thunder are selfish

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, gestures after scoring as forward Kevin Durant stands by during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 117-113. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


It’s hard to hear anything Kevin Durant says about the Warriors and not take it as an insult to the Thunder. See this Durant quote, via Anthony Slater of The Mercury News:

You can feel it when you walk in the door, in the practice facility, everybody is just together. That’s something that I can appreciate as a basketball player and someone who values relationships. You can tell that that’s what they stand on, that’s what we stand on. I feel really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form. They make it about the players, they make it about the environment, so it was really an easy choice.

Is Durant implying the Thunder weren’t selfless?

Russell Westbrook seems to think so.

Royce Young of ESPN:


That’s cute, man. That’s cute.

My job is to worry about what’s going on here. We’re going to worry about all the selfish guys we’ve got over here, apparently. So, we’re going to figure that out.

Not every compliment Durant gives Golden State is a knock on Oklahoma City. Durant is clearly fond of the Warriors, and their selflessness is a reason. But Durant has also repeatedly said he enjoyed his time with the Thunder. Their selflessness might also be a reason. Multiple teams can be selfless.

That said, Durant didn’t get himself the benefit of the doubt with a report right after he chose Golden State that said he was frustrated with Westbrook’s offensive style.

After initially downplaying a personal rivalry, Westbrook is slowly escalating it. Some of the perceived disrespect might be in Westbrook’s head – but some of it is probably rooted in reality.