The Russell Westbrook vs Kevin Durant feud will be fun to watch all season. Westbrook is hurt over Durant leaving to sign with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. It’s understandable that he is upset, but basketball is a business. A player only has so many seasons to accomplish all he wants and he has to do what he feels he has to do. Feelings get hurt. But Westbrook will be a free agent after this season and he may decide to go elsewhere too.
It’s hard to argue his decision after his Warriors thumped the Thunder last night. Yes, it is only a regular season game, but clearly the Warriors are the favorite in the Western Conference to get to the NBA Finals. They may have to get past the Thunder to get there in the Western Conference semifinals or finals though and won’t that be fun?
I get why Thunder fans and players are hurt. As a fan of the Orlando Magic I have been through this with Shaquille O’Neal and then again with Dwight Howard. Both got us to the NBA Finals, but neither delivered the championship. Both thought they had a better chance to win rings by getting out of Orlando. Shaq was right. He went to the los Angeles Lakers where he teamed up with Kobe Bryant as a young superstar and win three rings. Howard was wrong as he went to the Lakers and teamed with an old and often injured Bryant and then went free agent and signed with the Houston Rockets. There he rarely saw the ball as James Harden kept it for himself. they did get to a Western Conference Finals but no further. Now he is in Atlanta.
How will Durant fare? Lebron James left Cleveland to go to Miami and team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He won two rings there and then went back to Cleveland and won his old team a ring. Could this happen with Durant? Possibly. Guys like KD like to see if they can duplicate the ones who came before him. But it won’t happen as long as Westbrook is in OKC apparently. There seems to be too much bad blood.
I was talking to a fellow Tampa Bay Rays fan during the World Series. He did not want to see the Chicago Cubs win because he is still upset that Joe Maddon left to go to Chicago. I told him that I had no problem with it. He obviously made the right move. You can’t blame him for wanting to go where he could have a better chance to win it all. This is the dame with Durant. Like Lebron, it is hard to blame him for going to a team where he has a better shot to win it all.