Kevin Durant opens up about Russell Westbrook, criticism

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Kevin Durant on Russell Westbrook: 'We are brothers'
Tuesday November 1st, 2016

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Kevin Durant opened up about his personal relationship with Russell Westbrook.

Much speculation has surrounded the two men and their attitudes toward one another after Durant left his longtime teammate in Oklahoma City to join the Golden State Warriors.

Durant addresses several topics, including the fact he told Westbrook he was leaving in a text message.

From the Mercury News:

But some of the criticism through this whole thing is that, after all those years together, you just sent him a text message when you left. 

Durant: “Yeah, you know, I understand that. I understand that. That’s something me and him will talk about. I’m not saying I’m right. I’m not saying I did it the right way. I’m owning up to that. We’re not going to go through this in the media though. I’m not going to say I should’ve did this, should’ve did that. We’ll figure our differences out as men 1-on-1. He’s doing his job right now and he’s doing a helluva job. And I’m doing my job. Of course we’re not going to talk every day. But like I said, I don’t care what y’all say, fans in OKC, media, whoever. We’re going through a tough time right now in our relationship. But we’re brothers at the end of the day. When I say that, where I come from, I mean it. You know what I’m saying? Every time I got into it with the media (during my Thunder days) or whoever, it was never over me. It was always over someone I was riding with, my teammates or my coach. So that should tell you enough.”

Durant also sheds more light on his own thought processes and quest for self-discovery in the interview, which you can read here.

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