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I know, I know, I'm cheating with this one.
This article was inspired by the recent struggles the Thunder have had with the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Many people feel that Westbrook takes Durant's shots and that they are both superstars who cannot both call the same city their home.
However, as many shots as Westbrook "steals," he is still the second option in Oklahoma City and still their point guard. Whether or not he's better than Kevin Durant, or whether Westbrook and Durant are friends or not makes no difference.
The recent mid-game fight between Westbrook and Durant has sparked a resurgence of these kinds of comments, and most do not take into account that in-game fights happen all the time.
The infamous Manning-Saturday fight is called to mind from a 2006, as well as the Brady-O'Brien argument from a couple of weeks ago.
Westbrook and Durant do not need to be friends. They simply need to look out for each other on the basketball court, as well as outside of it. We have never heard an instance of bad blood between them outside of the NBA, and one in-game fight means almost nothing.
A day later from the fight, this happened. While Westbrook was charging down the court for a slam dunk, he was fouled and lost his balance and fell into the sideline. Westbrook was the only Thunder player on the side of the court, and struggled to right himself. Seconds later, James Harden and Kevin Durant rushed over to check if Westbrook was OK.
This kind of without-thought action is mere proof that no bad blood exists between Durant and Westbrook. If there was, Durant would not have run down the court to help.
The way things are going right now in in Oklahoma City, a championship run is in sight. Durant and Westbrook have worked together and existed for three years in Oklahoma City, and if it was a problem before, it would have been solved already.