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Kevin Durant Says He & Westbrook ‘Were Never Much More Than Work Friends’
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were the dynamic duo in Oklahoma City that everyone believed would eventually win an NBA championship together. That was all thrown away this past summer when Durant bolted in free agency to sign with the Golden State Warriors in hopes of getting himself a championship.
When Durant left, he stated that he and Westbrook were ‘still cool’. Westbrook’s comments seem to contradict that—he responded by saying the two have yet to talk.
While speaking with Paul Solotaroff of Rolling Stone Magazine, Durant stated the two were never more than ‘work friends’.
“Meanwhile, Durant studied the body language of the players at his table. “They just liked each other so much and were so relaxed,” he says. “I thought, ‘These are some chill-ass dudes I wouldn’t mind hooping with.’ I wasn’t even asking, ‘How do we play together?’ I was asking, ‘Where do y’all go eat, do y’all hang out together?’” These were salient questions for Durant. As close as people presumed he and Westbrook had been, they were never much more than work friends, he says. “We had our own cliques that we hung with on the road. Russell had his guys, I had mine. It was never a bad thing. Just how it was.” For the guy who’d grown up friendless through grade school and preps, the pull of those stars and their shared affection must have felt like a welcome banner. All his life, he’d been walking alone, a party of one in the desert. Now, at last, his tribe called out to him. Who among us could have said no?”
I’m not really sure how two guys spend so much time together on the court, battling together and trying to win a championship,and they were nothing more than just ‘work friends’.
I guess it’s not too shocking. After all, Kobe and Shaq did it.