Russell Westbrook not sure he and Kevin Durant will ever reconcile

By Arthur Weinstein 11 February 2017 53857
Russell Westbrook not sure he and Kevin Durant will ever reconcile

Just hours ahead of Kevin Durant's highly anticipated return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, his former team-mate and friend Russell Westbrook talked about their fractured relationship.

The pair have not spoken since Durant's stunning decision to leave the Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors in free agency at the end of last season.

When asked if that broken relationship hurts, Westbrook said he is just trying to move forward.

"Hurt? I mean, I'm fine. I'm fine. Honestly. Move forward," Westbrook said. "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 team-mates 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.

"Obviously, us playing here, we grew up here together. 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."

The question remains whether Westbrook and Durant will ever make up.

"I'm not sure. It's not really up to me, honestly," Westbrook said.

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