Russell Westbrook has spent a lot of time bagging on Kevin Durant since Durant left the Thunder for the Warriors.
In a move that can’t help but be seen as a response, Golden State center Zaza Pachulia laid out and stood over Westbrook last night.
Of course, the Oklahoma City guard didn’t see that as rightful comeuppance.
I don’t know. He me kind of hard. But it’s alright. I’m going to get his ass back. Straight up.
I didn’t see that [Pachulia standing over him] until just now, but I don’t play that game. I’m going to get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.
I can’t worry about those kind of comments. I’m part of the amazing team, amazing group. We have a great goal of winning a championship. So, I’m all in with my energy. One hundred percent, I’m all in. So we’re thinking about this team and staying healthy, moving forward, getting better, getting to the playoffs and we’re ending up playing for the championship.
That’s what I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about those kind of comments.
That team is not there. So, they might be thinking about other stuff like getting me back. OK, you can get me back. But again, it’s my 14th year. We all know what my game is, to play hard and not dirty, but to play hard. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. It wasn’t dirty at all. So, I’m not worried about this.
Pachulia continued, via Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post:
“Bring it on,” he said. “Bring it on.
“I’ll be there. I’ll be in OKC, too, so whenever he wants, my pleasure. My pleasure.”
And via Royce Young of ESPN:
Both Westbrook’s and Pachulia’s competitiveness and toughness are beyond reproach. These are not the type of players to back down.
What does Westbrook have in mind? I believe him when he says he doesn’t know. But I’m intrigued to find out.
As if the Warriors visit to Oklahoma City next month didn’t already have enough storylines.