“I think we’d just better as friends.” “It’s not you it’s me.” “I think I’m just ready to move on and see other people.” “I think this relationship has run its course.” The public is searching for reasons why Kevin Durant left the OKC Thunder and joined the Golden State Warriors, especially after the Warriors eliminated them after a hard fought 7 game series. I think he was ready to move on from his partnership with Russell Westbrook. Now before I go any further I must preface my argument by saying Russell Westbrook is a top-5 player in the NBA, an amazing competitor and a great teammate. Durant and Westbrook seem to have a great friendship and Durant has given scathing rebukes to any reporter or analyst who he felt unfairly criticized Westbrook. If these two amazing players were so close then why would Durant leave?
Have you ever had a really close friend, and you both think, “Hey we should be roommates.” Whether it’s on a college campus or in an apartment, it sounds like such a great idea at the time, then two months in you realize that your best friend and new roommate is sloppy and doesn’t pay their half of the bills on time. Not only are they living slovenly but it’s hard for you to even confront your BFF about it because you guys are tied to each other in so many different ways, both inside and outside of your living situation. When we see Russell Westbrook taking crazy shots before anyone else on the team touches the ball or turning the ball over at the most inopportune time, we aren’t the only ones, Durant sees it as well. But if that’s Durant’s “best friend”, how can he not fracture their relationship by telling Westbrook, “Hey I love you bro but I need you to stop wrecking our offense in the last two minutes of close games.”
Most superstars in the NBA are very smart basketball players and I think Kevin Durant saw the style of play that the Golden State Warriors and saw how easy their offense flows and then looked back at the “iso-ball” style his team uses and said to himself it was time to try something different. He might of looked at himself and Westbrook and then at Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and thought, “these guys aren’t nearly as talented as us, so how are they winning and beating us?” Maybe he was tired of having to clean up after his dirty roommate and wanted to see how life was in a penthouse with a different set of roommates? Maybe his dirty roommate, Russell Westbrook, told him that he was leaving once the lease was up next yea
Kevin Durant left a GREAT situation to go to the BEST possible situation. Russell Westbrook is a phenomenal player, but it was just time for a change, the situation was becoming “stale.” For whatever reason the Thunder simply weren’t able to win a championship, whether it was injuries, coaching, roster issues or just simply bad luck. Or maybe, just maybe, he wanted to be with a group that won’t drink the juice in the fridge when you clearly marked your name on it.