When Russell Westbrook was asked if he and Kevin Durant were on speaking terms, the response was “Nah.” Westbrook showed up to the first meeting between the Thunder and Warriors wearing a photographer’s vest to troll Durant. The two didn’t talk for a long time — and may not really have yet — after Durant decided to head to Golden State, leaving Oklahoma City last summer.
But any report of a feud between them is a media creation if you ask Durant. That’s what KD told ESPN’s Marc Stein in an interview for SportsCenter in advance of the Warriors heading to Oklahoma City for the first time this season Saturday night.
“Early on in the season, I was doing an interview with someone and I used the word ‘unselfish’ describing my teammates here with the Warriors. And someone asked Russell a question, asked if he heard what I said about being unselfish and he phrased the question as if I was saying that the Thunder and their organization and the team was selfish. Once I heard that, I was like, ‘They are trying to get in between this thing and make it bigger than what it is.’ Obviously Russell wasn’t going to hear that interview I had about me just talking about my teammates I have now, and, you know, someone in Oklahoma City phrased it to him as if I was calling them selfish. So it’s that easy. It’s that easy for the media to twist something up and for the media to, you know, make a feud between us.”
To be fair, Durant has never said anything negative about the Thunder, and Westbrook has said he’s not mad about Durant’s decision. If you think the word “feud” to describe where they are at in their relationship is too strong, okay, but certainly Westbrook has been chilly when the topic comes up. There certainly seems to be something there.
Saturday night, Thunder fans are going to be a lot more than chilly every time KD touches the ball. They feel betrayed, and they are going to let Durant know about it.