For those expecting fireworks when the Golden State Warriors take the court to play the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight may need to scale back their anticipation. Despite the game marking the 1st time Warriors’ forward Kevin Durant has taken the court in Oklahoma City since his much-criticized departure from the Thunder to Golden State in free agency.
Russell Westbrook, who is enjoying an MVP season, and has spoken regularly about his severed relationship with Durant, once again spoke at length about Durant’s return.
“Obviously, us playing here, we grew up here together,” Westbrook said. “Since then, his decision has been made about what’s best for him and his future, and I made the decision that was best for mine, and that’s just how it’s been.”
“Sometimes it happens like that,” Westbrook said. “There’s nothing I can say about it. Sometimes that’s how things go.”
Westbrook was asked if he was “hurt” about his relationship with Durant.
“Hurt? I mean, I’m fine. I’m fine. Honestly. Move forward,” Westbrook replied. “Things happen in life, man, and as a man, you’ve got to move forward. I have a great group of guys here that I love like my brothers. There’s been many-a-teammates I’ve had here before that left me, and they’re still my brothers. That I still talk to and I don’t talk to. Not just Kevin. There’s many guys that have come in and out of Oklahoma City that I’ve gained a relationship with that maybe you guys don’t know about, but I think obviously, with me and Kevin, it’s a little bigger stage. It happens.”
Westbrook was then asked if he and Durant would ever reconcile:
“I’m not sure. It’s not really up to me, honestly.”
“I’m just looking forward to playing,” Westbrook said. “I like playing basketball, man, every night, and you get an opportunity to play in a great atmosphere on our home court and get an opportunity to play in games like this, it’s always fun.”
Steph Curry Talks LeBron James Trash Talking During Game 1 of NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is gearing up, along with his team, to defend their 2018 NBA Championship, their 2nd in a row and 3rd in 4 years, when the 2018-2019 regular season kicks off this fall, but he is still discussing the 2018 NBA Finals.
Curry and James’ relationship is seemingly in an odd place. James was “like a mentor” to Curry when curry was in college playing at Davidson, but things seem a bit icy now as Curry’s Warriors and James’ Cavaliers (James is now on the Los Angeles Lakers) met in some heated battles in the NBA Finals over the past couple of years.
Despite the shift in their relationship, Curry was still caught of guard by James’ approach, particularly in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
“It was never going to spill over to that” Curry said, during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller).
“But it was an interesting moment …I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn’t see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.
“And I was like, ‘That’s what we’re really on right now? We’re about to win and you’re worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?’ And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s up? Is this really what we’re about right now?’
“And he was like, ‘I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I’m a mentor’ and it’s a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.’ (laughter). Come on man, that’s messed up.”
The rift goes a bit deeper than that, and a book from The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, entitled ‘Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry’, it is elaborated, highlighting a 2016 Halloween Party thrown by James that featured a dummy of Steph Curry that was on the floor, forcing guests to step over it.
Now that the two are in the same division, thanks to James’ signing with the Lakers, betting websites will have a field day this season when the two teams take the court, and James continues his mission to topple the juggernaut Warriors.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Allegedly Punched Warriors’ Draymond Green at Night Club
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green apparently took their on-court beef off the court as the two allegedly had an altercation at a Los Angeles night club.
When Green persisted, Thompson punched Green.
Green and Thompson got into it numerous times throughout the Finals, with Green even insulting Thompson as Thompson attempted to shake his hand following the infamous Game 4.
Here is more from The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre:
Draymond Green was not the aggressor, he was trying to make peace. Tristan felt embarrassed by the end of the Finals diss moment and just unloaded. Couple players i spoke here in LA/on social media went with, “about time”
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 31, 2018
Warriors Champagne Celebration Cost More Than $400K
TMZ goes on to say that the Warriors popped 300 bottles of Moet & Chandon, 150 Imperial Golden Luminous magnums and 150 Nectar Imperial Rose magnums.
Golden State knows how to party, and this isn’t the first time that their lavish celebrations have come with a hefty price tag, but can you really put a price on the celebration?
Not if you’re a dynasty.
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