Durant informed Westbrook of his plans to leave via a text — which Westbrook deleted.
Then came this exchange at Westbrook’s press conference announcing his contract extension with the Thunder.
Reporter: Did the fact that not only Kevin left but that it was for the Golden State Warriors make it sting even more?
Westbrook: Sting for who?
Here’s the video:
Generally, Westbrook tried to play any conflict with Durant down and keep things focused on his plans for the future, at one point saying, “There’s no need to wait if you know where you want to be.”
When asked about his friendship with Durant, Westbrook said, “Definitely. We played together for eight years. You don’t just throw that away.”
Still, there is a rivalry there now. Expect to see the Warriors take on the Thunder in one of the prime spots on the NBA calendar (such as opening night or Christmas). The NBA knows what sells and feuding stars (even if they’re not feuding as much as some want to portray) works well for that.