If Kevin Durant leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason, it will not be because of current teammate Russell Westbrook. That’s what the star forward told The Oklahoman on Friday.
“There’s times where we go at it,” Durant said. “There’s times I don’t like what he’s doing out on the court. There’s times where he hates what I’m doing out on the court. There’s times where it’s ‘Russ, you gotta control your attitude,’ or ‘KD, you gotta stop, you gotta speak up,’ whatever.
“There’s times we cuss each other out, but that’s a part of being brothers. Because I know if I need something, he’ll be there and if I need to talk to someone outside of basketball, he’ll be there. It’s a real brotherhood type relationship. We’re like family.”
Durant does not understand why those outside of the organization insist that he and Westbrook don’t get along.
“How can you tell? That’s my whole question,” Durant said. “What are you basing that off of? Because he shoots more than I do one game? That don’t make no sense. We don’t like each other because he shot more? That don’t make no sense.
“And it’s really disrespectful to me or to us because you think I’m that selfish of a person. I don’t like this guy because he shoots more than me? That’s disrespectful to me. Because if I’m a friend, I’m genuine. I’m there, no matter what. Good days, bad days, more shots. I’m a real friend.”
The Thunder are currently sixth in the Western Conference with a record of 7-6. Durant is averaging 28.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Westbrook is averaging 28.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.