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Kevin Durant Congratulated Russell Westbrook for Winning the NBA MVP Award

Submitted by on June 27, 2017 – 4:30 pmNo Comment

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s relationship is probably never going to be the same as it was before KD decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to join the Golden State Warriors. The two were reportedly close during their time together in OKC, but now that KD is playing halfway across the country for a team that looks poised to win multiple NBA titles over the next few years, it’s unlikely KD and Westbrook will be buddy-buddy again anytime soon.

But it does appear as though there is still a mutual respect that exists between the two. According to a report that came out in early May, KD and Westbrook are “back on talking terms” after not speaking for most of the 2016-17 NBA season. And on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Westbrook took home his first NBA MVP award at the first-ever NBA Awards in New York City, KD shared a message for his former teammate on YouTube. He congratulated Westbrook on winning the award and said that he had to respect him after all that he accomplished this season when he became the first player in more than 50 years to average a triple-double for the year.

“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP,” KD wrote, according to ESPN, “that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F—in balled out. Gotta respect it!”

Westbrook has received congratulations from quite a few people over the last day or so. From his fellow NBA players to Taylor Swift, everyone has given him props for taking home the MVP award, even though it was pretty much a given that he was going to do it in the weeks leading up to the awards ceremony.

But it’s nice to hear KD offer up his warm wishes for his former teammate. We don’t think it’s going to bring their relationship back to where it was or even get them all the way on “talking terms” again. But it does go to show you that basketball can bring people together, even when they might not necessarily like one another. And after all of the negativity that has surrounded KD and Westbrook over the last year, it’s good to see that their hard feelings might finally be fading away into the distance.

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