Russell Westbrook cares about 'selfish' OKC, not Kevin Durant's comments
The Thunder star is done talking about his former teammate and the Warriors
The ongoing fallout between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant continued Thursday.
Addressing Durant's recent comments about the Warriors being such a selfless and family-oriented team, Westbrook didn't hold his tongue while also standing up for his Thunder teammates.
Westbrook on Durant's comments this week: "That's cute. We're gonna worry about all the selfish guys we've got over here, apparently." pic.twitter.com/FLjzjAZgla— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 13, 2016
"That's cute, man," Westbrook said. "My job is to worry about what's going on here and worry about all of the 'selfish' guys we've got over here apparently."
Westbrook then stressed in answer to a followup question that he doesn't really care what Durant says, but also made it clear that he won't be answering any more questions about his former teammate anymore.
"I don't care," said Westbrook. "To me it doesn't matter. My job is to worry about here. Honestly, I'm really tired of talking about it. Anytime anybody asks another question, I'm not going to answer it. Just FYI. I'm not talking about it no more."
You can understand where Westbrook is coming from. He once had a brotherly relationship with Durant but that is now fractured. Durant left for Golden State without really telling Westbrook -- someone who was his confidant and good friend for years. So Westbrook is subscribing to the philosophy of treat others the way you want to be treated. Durant didn't really show him a ton of respect when he made the decision to leave the Thunder, so Westbrook doesn't have to give his former teammate any real recognition.
Plus Westbrook is also just sticking up for his teammates which, as the captain and star of the Thunder, is what he should be doing. Westbrook made the decision to sign an extension with the Thunder this summer because he not only got paid but because he believes in his teammates and the organization.
It should be noted that Durant spoke highly of the Warriors while being on a panel at Stanford University, where Golden State had just won an award and he was prompted to comment on the organization. Durant is also just really excited to be playing for the Warriors, which is understandable since they have a star-studded roster which includes the reigning MVP Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Who wouldn't be excited to playing alongside that trio?
Of course, Durant saying he's "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" can be also viewed as a direct complaint about the culture and his former teammates in Oklahoma City, since it seems like he is going above and beyond to praise the Warriors. This is compounded by the fact that Durant didn't have the most graceful exit from Oklahoma City. He didn't really communicate with his former teammates about his decision and never openly thanked the fans or the organization after he left. This was something that Dwyane Wade did in Miami despite having a reported contentious parting of the ways with Pat Riley. The way Durant departed from Oklahoma City seems even more strange as he by all accounts had a great relationship with the city, fans, organization and his teammates.
This will be an ongoing struggle for Durant. No matter what he says, it will be seen as a direct shot at Westbrook and the Thunder. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. This will just be something Durant will have to get used to as he makes the transition from Oklahoma City to Golden State this season.
It's also something that Westbrook is apparently done talking about, which brings even more drama and backstory to that highly anticipated first meeting between the two teams in Oakland on Nov. 3.
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