Everyone knows how pissed off Russell Westbrook was when Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder in July. Westbrook says he isn’t talking about and Durant denying making fun of him when the Warriors loss to the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors, 109-108 on Christmas Day courtesy of bail out shot from Kyrie Irving. Many speculated that Westbrook reacted awfully with his “Thank you Kyrie” remark which went viral on Twitter. Westbrook quickly reacted on the matter, denying making such remark and told reporters he would never do such a thing.
“I would never say any other man’s name like that. Thank you, Kyrie. Who do I look like?” Westbrook said. “I was talking to my trainer’s daughter. His daughter’s name is Jamie. Thank you, Jamie. I’m not even going to involve myself in no dumb stuff like that.”
Westbrook states his case
According to Thunder beat writer Erik Horne, Westbrook usually comes very early for his pre-game warm-up. Westbrook added that the Warriors-Cavaliers game was still playing when he was doing his pre-game warm up. The Thunder is hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves when Westbrook allegedly made the remark.
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Westbrook clarified he was not trolling his former teammate and was thanking Jayme Sharpe, daughter of Thunder trainer Joe Sharpe. Jayme could be seen sitting baseline in the video, right in front where Westbrook took the shot.
Westbrook added that he has done his routine even before running around jokingly betting with staffs from their team. It would be remembered that relations between Westbrook and Durant turned sour when the latter signed with the Warriors. But Westbrook claimed he was over with the situation and wants to move on from it.
Westbrook and the Thunder are currently leading against the Timberwolves. Likely, they will go on to win their 19th victory and celebrate Christmas as well.
What is next for Westbrook and the Thunder?
After the Timberwolves, the Thunder will the road and play the Miami Heat on Dec. 27. Then, they play the Grizzlies on Dec. 29 before heading home to host the Clippers on Dec. 31.
In Oct. Westbrook made it clear that he will never talk again about Durant. What matters to him now is leading the Thunder and how to get others involved in their plays. Westbrook added that he did not watch the majority of the Warriors-Cavaliers game as he was doing his warm-up routine. Making valid his case of not trolling Durant or making such remark against him.
Do you believe Westbrook’s remarks?
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