There is no hiding the fact. Every NBA fan will have one fixture circled on their calendar for the next couple of years. Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder.
Whether we admit it or not, we will tune in for one reason. How will Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook react when they cross paths? Will there be a drama?
They spent eight years together, on the court, at press conferences, traveling. All that was brought to an end when Durant signed on to join Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Since that day, the friendship has been over. The most intriguing part, is we have got to watch it all unfold in the public!
Let’s take a look at some of the more memorable moments of one of the most dramatic public break-ups.
The Text Message
This moment is the biggest and goes right to the core of the feud. After 8 long years playing together, KD sent Westbrook a text message to inform him of his decision to join Golden State. Have you ever tried to break up with somebody over text? How did it go? Not well, right?
No phone call, no meeting. Just a text.
“I found out like ya’ll found out — on the cell phones, on social media. I was talking to Kevin early on in the process, but nothing after. Just a text message from him. That’s about it.”
It's reported Westbrook deleted that text message.
The Selfless Comment
Upon joining his new team, Kevin Durant said it was nice to play with selfless teammates. There’s no hiding from this one, clearly a parting shot at the Thunder and Westbrook.
"I feel really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form," Durant said.
"They make it about the players, they make it about the environment, so it was really an easy choice."
Westbrook's response? "That’s cute man. That’s cute. My job is to worry about what's going on here. We're gonna worry about all the selfish guys we've got over here, apparently. We gonna figure that out."
The Westbrook Air Jordan Commercials
Durant is on record suggesting he doesn’t see the commercials as a shot at him. But it’s pretty clear the fans have made up their mind.
Remember the first ad? It pictures Westbrook sprinting down the airport runway. The line was, "some run, some make runways."
Make of that what you will. If you don't see it as a jab at KD, I would like to hear your argument.
The second commercial was less obvious but still targeted. It showed Westbrook and numerous people dancing around to a Lil Uzi Vert song, 'Now I do what I want.'
The Photographer Pre-Game Outfit
Although Westbrook has denied most of his cheeky swipes at his former MVP teammate, this one was there for all to see. Russ showed up to their first encounter as opponents sporting a bright photographers vest. A clear shot at Durant’s hobby for photography.
Although it fascinated fans and the media alike, that’s about all it did. Westbrook made a statement before the game, but it was his former Thunder teammate that made a statement where it counts. Durant finished with 39, after dropping 29 in the first half, during the warriors 26 point smashing.