W’brook, Durant reunite at All-Star
(Associated Press) - February 18, 2017 - 12:11am

The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room to get dressed for a game, Kevin Durant will be there and donning the same uniform.

Get ready for perhaps the best subplot of All-Star Weekend.

Russ and KD, together again.

The former Oklahoma City teammates are going to be Western Conference teammates on Sunday night when the league holds its annual All-Star Game in New Orleans. And after the Thunder went into the break by beating the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the inevitable question was posed to Westbrook: Are you ready for this?

“I’m excited about All-Star weekend,” said Westbrook, the two-time reigning All-Star MVP. “I think in general, just being able to be there and enjoy the opportunity ... humbled by the opportunity to be there.”

So the question was sidestepped.

It’ll get asked to both Westbrook and Durant again – likely many, many times – over the coming days.

They’ve been on the same court together three times this season, Durant and his new Golden State Warriors teammates beating Westbrook and the Thunder all three times – most recently last weekend in Oklahoma City, when Durant and Westbrook went 1-on-1 at times and even jawed at each other a bit during the game.

This will be different.

Probably awkward, too.

“I don’t know,” Westbrook said. “We’re going to find out.”

It was the breakup that shook the NBA last summer: Durant left Oklahoma City as a free agent and chose to sign with Golden State, a team that won the NBA title in 2015, went to The Finals again last season and has the league’s best record this season. The Warriors already were a superteam, and then they landed another superstar.

Durant insists he tries to ignore anyone who criticized his decision.

“I define my career, at the end of the day,” Durant said. “And it’s pretty damn good so far.”

Durant and Westbrook had great seasons with the Thunder, even getting to the 2012 NBA Finals where they lost to Miami in five games, but never were able to hoist a championship banner together.

So Durant moved on, and their relationship – whatever it was – essentially ended.

“He plays for his team. I play for my team,” Westbrook said. “Let him do his thing. I do my thing. And that’s it, plain and simple.”              




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