Russell Westbrook is done responding to recent comments from Kevin Durant which evidently showed the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard in poor light.
Durant, who jumped ship to the Golden State Warriors this summer, said recently that he is “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.”
Clearly, Durant was trying to implicate that he wasn’t a fan of Westbrook’s playing style.
Westbrook, a high usage-rate, high-volume shooter, has often been criticized for his frantic style of play. For many years, the belief in Oklahoma City was that Westbrook and Durant failed to co-exist due to their contrasting approaches towards basketball.
When Westbrook was asked to respond to Durant’s latest jab, the superstar guard didn’t mince his words.
“That’s cute man. My job is to worry about what’s going on here (in Oklahoma City) and worry about all of the ‘selfish’ guys we’ve got over here apparently,” Westbrook said, per Erik Horne of The Oklahoman.
Russell Westbrook: Ready for new season
Westbrook, in many people’s eyes, has a strong chance to win the 2016-17 MVP award.
With Durant out of the way, Westbrook could put up historically great numbers and likely average closer to 30 points per game with 10+ assists. In fact, some feel Westbrook could emulate Oscar Roberton’s feat of averaging a triple-double for the season.
Westbrook said he’s tired of trying to defend his playing style, and that he intends to stick to his natural game.
“I don’t care (what Durant says). To me it doesn’t matter. My job is to worry about here.
“Honestly, I’m really tired of talking about it. Anytime anybody asks another question, I’m not going to answer it. Just FYI. I’m not talking about it no more,” added Westbrook, who finished No.3 in the MVP voting ballot last season behind Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard.
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder begin their new era against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 26.