Will Russell Westbrook Ever Forgive Kevin Durant?
At the start of the NBA season, Russell Westbrook was understandably upset about the way that Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join up with the Golden State Warriors last summer. Depending upon which reports you believe, Westbrook was either just a little upset with KD for deciding to take his talents to a team that was already plenty talented or really mad with KD for not communicating with him more during his free agency process. Either way, Westbrook let it be known that he and KD were not on speaking terms and that he had no interest in renewing his friendship with his former teammate.
That was months ago, though, so surely Westbrook is over it by now, right? Er, if you think that, then you clearly don’t know the way that Westbrook works.
Despite the time that has passed since KD left OKC for Golden State—it’s been more than six months now—Westbrook still seems to be holding a grudge against him. During the Thunder’s game against the Warriors on Wednesday night, Westbrook refused to speak to KD when KD approached him at one point during the game. And after the game ended, Westbrook also appeared to tell one of his teammates, possibly Enes Kanter, not to speak with KD on the court.
And just in case Westbrook didn’t make himself clear by doing those things, he was also asked by reporters if he is back on speaking terms with KD following the game and he said, “Nah.” He didn’t have anything more to add.
Which leads us to ask: Will Westbrook ever forgive KD? They say time heals all wounds, but it doesn’t seem like Westbrook and KD are going to speak anytime soon, and even if they do eventually speak, it’s hard to see them ever becoming buddy-buddy again. The good thing for those who want to see them reunite is that they’re probably going to end up playing in the All-Star Game together next month, and at that time, Westbrook would really have to work hard to avoid Durant at all costs. But still, isn’t it amazing that it would take that to get Westbrook to even acknowledge KD?
Who knows? Maybe all of this will eventually blow over, and Westbrook and KD will find a way to coexist. In the meantime, it’s almost made the Thunder/Warriors games uncomfortable to watch. You can tell things are tense, and it’s not the kind of tension that normally makes a basketball game fun. It’s the kind that makes you wish KD had handled his exodus from OKC differently and found a way to keep his relationship with Westbrook intact, despite his decision to play elsewhere.