During the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 98-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook got into a minor altercation during a second quarter timeout.
It’s being reported that around the 3 1/2 minute mark of the second quarter, Westbrook let his emotions get the better of him. It started when he drove inside the paint and kicked the ball out to a wide open Thabo Sefolosha, who then passed up the wide open look. This did not sit well with Westbrook, who yelled at Sefolosha, “shoot the (expletive) ball.” This led to Sefolosha, Durant, and center Kendrick Perkins trying to calm Westbrook down, but it wasn’t enough as the emotions carried over to the bench about a minute later.
The report notes that Durant again tried to calm Westbrook down, but Westbrook took exception to the message Durant was trying to send, which led to them having to be separated. When the two went back on the court, Durant patted his point guard on the head and things seemed to be fine the rest of the night, although Westbrook seemed to struggle from that point forward.
“We’re going to disagree sometimes, like I’ve always been saying,” Durant said. “But I’m behind him 110 percent, and he’s the same way with me. And you seen when we came on the floor we clicked and everything started to work from there.”
After the game, Durant handled the situation like any other veteran would. But is it all good between the two dynamic players? I’m not so sure.
Last year in the playoffs the two butted heads and had to be separated a couple of time. This should be a big sign of concern for this young Thunder team who look to go on a serious championship run. If the two cannot get along, then this spells trouble for Oklahoma City.
If I were GM Sam Presti, I would do one of two things. Either bring the two in for a meeting with with Presti, head coach Scott Brooks and other personnel, and get the duo on the same page. The second option, in my opinion, would be look to trade Westbrook, as I don’t ever see Durant leaving OKC. Now I’m not saying option two is the best, or even being discussed, but if this becomes a bigger issue throughout the season, then I would seriously look into it.
I do feel that the two will be able to squash this small blip on the radar and continue to work towards the franchise’s second NBA Title.
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Written by Eddie McDonald
I am a junior at Clarion University. I come from a small town. I played high school basketball and baseball. I love sports and being able to write and voice my opinion on sports.