Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are currently two of the NBA's most recognizable names. This is for a multitude of reasons, mainly that they are two of the best offensive players in the NBA. Recently, however, their names have been tossed around as another pair of NBA superstars who, like countless guys before them, cannot play on the same team together.
The lack of basketball cohesiveness really showed in the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. Westbrook was taking wild shots from all over the floor (hitting lots of them, but hogging), and Durant simply wasn't getting the touches he should. Not that the blame goes to Westbrook entirely, for Durant looked out of sync at times and also took crazy shots when he got rattled. The two of them just did not share the ball well during that series, and it ultimately led to the Thunder's downfall.
This is not a Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O'Neal scenario. These two guys have nothing but respect for one another. The problem simply lies in the fact that they both believe they are the best offensive threat on the court at all times. (Sorry Russell, you lose that one by far.)
Since this problem is not a personal issue between the two of them, it should be very easy for them to work it out. It only requires a little patience from both of them.
Here are four reasons why Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can and will coexist in the future.