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Does it really matter if Durant, Westbrook like each other?

Jan 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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Another interview, another chance for Kevin Durant to downplay any tension between himself and Russell Westbrook.

This time it was with Hoopsworld, and if you want to see the video follow this link. Here is the money quote from KD:

“There’s a lot of people that want to see us fail, of course, but it’s all good, I love Russell. He loves me back. We enjoy playing along side each other.”

I think the little spat between Westbrook and Durant became a bigger thing outside the locker room than it was inside, especially the part where fans started checking out trade scenarios. Oklahoma City isn’t moving Westbrook.

But if Durant and Westbrook are not best friends… so what?

It doesn’t matter on the court. As evidence, I present the three rings Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal won together. Teammates on good teams yell at each other and even have fight all the time. Michael Jordan yelled at everyone and we lauded it for him because he was tough and pushing his teammates. Kevin Garnett yelled (or makes that yells). Larry Bird yelled. Magic Johnson yelled. Those dominant Celtics teams in the ‘60s were no love in.

So long as the Westbrook/Durant relationship isn’t toxic to the rest of the team — and there is far from any evidence of that, they do seem to get along — then it doesn’t matter. Heck, a little tension seems to come with winning.

  1. bparmalee - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    It matters on the court if Westbrook wont resign there. At some point I think they are going to have to move him because…unlike Durant.. he isnt a small city guy. Its hard enough for small market teams to keep one star….. I never really thought they would be able to keep two. I hope they are at least doing the leg work so that we dont see Durant toil in the 8th spot for years and years.

  2. bearsstillsuck - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Everybody love everybody!

  3. thatboi901 - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Jordan, Bird, and Johnson were all leaders on the team and lead by example with their play and attitude on the court.Westbrook wants to be leader but he is very emotional to the point it throws off his whole game.

    Shaq and Kobe is a whole different situation. Westbrook does not have the talent of Shaq or Kobe. With Shaq and Kobe you had one post player and one perimeter player. So there was less chances for them to step on each other toes on the basketball court. KD and Westbrook are both perimeter players. So when Westbrook tries to steal Durant glory it hurts them more than it helps them.

  4. boondocksaint224 - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Of course it doesn’t matter if they like each other. You can find examples of successful “disfunctional family” types in every sport. But what DOES matter is if they can play together or not. Durant and Westbrook can’t. Durant is CLEARLY the leader of that team, and he needs a point guard who can help set him up. Westbrook is more concerned with getting his own shot than he is with finding ones for his teammates. It almost completely defeats the purpose of playing the point guard position if you take 17 shots a game, but can’t do better than a hair over five assists a game. The Thunder would do well to put Westbrook at the 2 and find someone who can facilitate both Westbrook and Durant on offfense and put that guy at the point.

  5. connaniii - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    The court is big enough for both of them to thrive

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