Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) pats teammate Russell Westbrook (0) on the shoulder as they take a lead over the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday, May 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Oklahoma City won 108-102. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ORG XMIT: OAS214

On July 4th, 2016, the NBA’s landscape took a huge change that could potentially leave its mark in the Association both now, and forever.
Perennial All-Star and former league MVP Kevin Durant made his decision to join a Golden State Warriors team fresh off a historic season.

The narrative says Westbrook will do as he pleases – regardless of what Kevin Durant thinks.

But as they dined together before free agency, Westbrook apparently took a different tone.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

Westbrook, in an effort to lobby Durant to stay in Oklahoma City, asks Durant what he could do differently.

The entire basketball world came to a halt when Kevin Durant announced his departure from OKC to the Golden State. In many homes around the country, basketball fans cheered at the thought of Steph and KD on the court together, as they no doubt dreamed of the rainstorms of threes to be splashed down.

The entire state of California itself practically exploded with excitement that day. Even now, though, not everybody is happy at the thought of this so called “super-team”. In fact, there is a long list of people who would beg KD to stay.

Two months ago, Durant said:

“We were brothers. We are brothers,” Durant told Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group. “Me and Russell grew up together. I was in the phase of finding out who I was outside of basketball. He already knew who he was. He already had a stable life. He had stable parents, a girlfriend through college. I didn’t have none of that stuff. I’m trying to find out who I am, which I didn’t know, which is not a bad thing. He knew who he was.

 “So obviously we’re going to grow toward this way (splits arms). It’s not a bad thing. It’s not at all. We still hung out. We’re boys. My interest went this way, his went that way. He got married, I didn’t. He hung with his wife. What you want me to do? I love Russ. I don’t care what nobody say. I don’t care what he say or what the fans say.

“Like, this is a tough time right now in our relationship. But I love Russ. I love his family. They all know that. I never did anything morally wrong. I never back-stabbed him in real life, never did anything behind his back, never told anyone anything about his character. Never did any of that. I just left teams. I just switched teams.

“Everyone on the outside is looking at it as, ‘Oh, you must not have liked him.’ Hell no. C’mon man. Nobody understand that part. I’m trying to find out who I am. He knew who he was. He knew what he wanted to do. He got married young. He met his girlfriend in college. I didn’t have none of that. I didn’t have two parents in a home with me. I’m still trying to search and find out who I am. We end up going this way (splits arms again) as far as off-the-court personality wise. And that’s not a bad thing.”

But recently, maybe he changed his mind:

“I know one thing Draymond doesn’t care about, it’s triple-doubles,”

Maybe one of the biggest reason why Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City Thunder was about Russell Westbrook’ selfishness, but… who knows…

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