Durant couldn’t hide his enthusiasm and excitement. Although he had just helped the Golden State Warriors secure a 122-114 victory over the Pelicans by registering 30 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals, his interest was centered on Westbrook. “The thing is, I’m not a hater,” Durant told ESPN on Wednesday. “Russ is a great basketball player. I love watching him play. I’m a fan of his game. I don’t wish bad things on people. That’s not what I’m about. I’ve always supported him and will continue to support him.”
Just as Durant was glued to the television to catch Westbrook’s highlights, the basketball world will be tuning in to watch how the two interact with each other on Thursday. Just don’t expect a friendly opening greeting upon taking the floor. “I don’t shake hands. That’s something I’ve never done before a game,” Durant said. “I just take the court to play. After the game, that’s different.”
“The 405 (Oklahoma City’s area code) has a special place in my heart,” he said. “Those fans, no matter what they call me or how they feel about me, they know, that if you see me anywhere, that you’ll feel like I was your friend. That’s how you made me feel, and how I made them feel. Those memories are never going to fade. I feel a certain away about that city, that state, that organization. And I look at that as – I’m going to put (those years) on my trophy case. That eight years is going to go in my trophy case. Not in the trash. I’m onto something new. That’s just the way of life sometimes.”
So I saw a tweet flying in this morning that jumped out at me, a poll where folks were trying to vote on how you and Russ would greet each other before the tip on Thursday. That kind of speaks to what the noise around you will be like, right? A: “That’s messy. That’s messy. That’s gossip. That’s like tabloids. Like, what are you doing? What are we talking about here? I’m glad you asked me about that, (because) like what are we doing? What do you want the fans to see, like obviously everybody would be happy if we come to halfcourt and then duke it out. Like, what are you doing bro? “That’s messy … We want to compete. That’s the only thing that should matter, man. We’re talking too much about what goes on in the stands, nothing about what goes on on the court. You’re not talking about nothing that goes on on the court here. What are we talking about here?
It was just a text though? A: “Yeah, I texted him, but we’ll figure that out as time goes on.” Q: Have you guys talked since? A: “No, we haven’t. You know, I’m not saying what I did was right, or I’m not saying that I was right about anything. I went about it how I thought I should have went about it. I like to sit on things and digest them and then I’ll figure out my next move, but I never said I was right for doing anything. We’ll figure that stuff out as men behind closed doors, and we’ll figure our whole relationship out behind closed doors. But yeah, it is what it is. We just try to move forward.”