The narrative says Russell Westbrook will do as he pleases – regardless of what Kevin Durant thinks.
When they played together, that meant Westbrook dominating the ball, even though Durant was more efficient. Since Durant left the Thunder for the Warriors, Westbrook has implied he won’t miss his fellow star and taken shot after shot after shot after shot after shot after shot at Durant’s expense.
But as they dined together before free agency, Westbrook apparently took a different tone.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
Westbrook, in an effort to lobby Durant to stay in Oklahoma City, asks Durant what he could do differently.
If Westbrook wanted to change – I’m not sure how much he truly needed to – he should have before this last-ditch meeting. Actions speak louder than words, and at that point, there was nothing left for Westbrook to do but pledge to change. He left himself no opportunity to back it up.
Westbrook putting himself out there like that and Durant still leaving might factor into Westbrook’s apparent resentment for Durant now, especially considering the first leak about why Durant left Oklahoma City centered on Durant being frustrated by Westbrook. Westbrook must feel pretty exposed at this point.
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.