When Kevin Durant bolted Oklahoma City for greener pastures in San Francisco, he dealt a deadly blow to what was widely considered one of the league’s best relationships, on and off the court.
Durant and Russell Westbrook together grew to become one of the most fearsome tandems in league history, but upon Durant’s surprising departure to join reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, he said to a Chinese interviewer that “[Westbrook and I’s] relationship probably won’t ever be the same again.”
Fast forward to Aug. 3, when Westbrook signed a three-year $85-million deal to stay in Oklahoma City.
Usually, some congratulations are in line for size-able contract signings such as Westbrook’s, especially if you’re a close friend of the player’s.
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, however, things might be a little different from Durant’s perspective:
Durant on whether he'll contact Westbrook to offer congrats: "Nah, that's a touchy subject. I'll see once everything dies down." #Rio2016
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) August 4, 2016
It’s unfortunate Westbrook feels so slighted, but in a lot of people’s minds, he’s more than justified in holding a grudge against his former teammate.
There’s no doubt the next time Durant and Westbrook see each other, the first time since Durant’s departure from the Thunder, the magnitude of the platform will complement the height of the drama.
Look for a Warriors-Thunder clash either on the league’s first night of games or on Christmas Day.