Then Durant chose to leave and go to the second best team, the Golden State Warriors.
At his press conference Thursday in the Bay Area, Durant talked about breaking the news to Westbrook.
“Obviously, it’s tough. We were teammates for so long and had a lot of great memories and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about the decision, but he respected it as my friend. The relationship is great. We had great years man. It’s something that you’ll never take away from us. But like I said, I wanted a new chapter in my life. I felt it was time for it.”
Westbrook likely will say something similar when he talks about it down the line.
Of course, all the questions Westbrook are going to get will have a lot more to do with whether he will follow Durant out of town, or if he wants/expects to be traded.