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Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:39 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 1:30 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



Russell Westbrook labored through maybe the worst game of his career Wednesday night in Memphis going 0-13 from the floor for just four points. But maybe there was a reason for it.

According to the Oklahoman, Westbrook had a second quarter confrontation with Kevin Durant that led to the two having to be separated on the bench.
Westbrook's frustration appeared to have started with just 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter when he drove into the paint and kicked the ball out to Thabo Sefolosha in the corner. Sefolosha passed up a wide open 3-pointer, which prompted Westbrook to yell at Sefolosha “shoot the (expletive) ball.”

Sefolosha and other teammates, including Durant and center Kendrick Perkins attempted to calm Westbrook down immediately during an ensuing trip to the free throw line. But the emotions spilled over to the bench one minute later.

Durant appeared to again settle Westbrook, but Westbrook appeared to take exception to how Durant delivered his message. The two began shouting at each other and had to be separated.

Throughout the rest of the game Durant and Westbrook appeared to communicate well after the dust-up, giving high-fives and with Durant patting Westbrook on the head.

“We’re going to disagree sometimes, like I’ve always been saying,” Durant said after the game. “But I’m behind him 110 percent, and he’s the same way with me. And you seen when we came on the floor we clicked and everything started to work from there.”

Westbrook didn't speak to reporters following the game, but before you get too excited about that, realize that it's routine for Westbrook to skip out of the locker room quickly. Even after really good games.

Durant has tried to dispel every story and rumor about an issue between him and Westbrook saying that the 23-year-old point guard is "the only point guard for him" and different things like that. Durant has maintained quite often that Westbrook and him have disagreed quite a bit at times but that's just the nature of being teammates.

Westbrook is a very emotional player that has admitted that's an area he wants to improve in. He reacts, yells and gets very frustrated at times. It's just who he is as a player. It's what makes him great, and sometimes not so great. And Durant, as the leader of the Thunder, has to take it upon himself to calm Westbrook down, which sometimes results in a reaction. Which is what happened Wednesday.

Following the game, NBA TV spoke with Durant who reinforced his good relationship with Westbrook.

"Russell makes me so much better," Durant said. "A lot of people may say this and that about our relationship, but we always try to get better, we're always the first two guys in the gym, we always bounce ideas off each other too."

There's a hotter and brighter spotlight on the two though because of the mumblings that originated in the playoffs last season. Every time something like this happens, people will use it as a lightning rod to illustrate how the two are the next Kobe and Shaq. It's not really true at all, but it makes for a great story.

Look, I've been in Oklahoma City's locker room a lot. I've watched practices. These guys get along really well, but they're all competitive and they get mad or frustrated sometimes with each other. It happens. You probably have gotten mad at your buddy playing pickup on a Saturday morning. You just didn't have a fanbases and media ready to pounce on it to drum up some juicy, divisive story.

But the facts are that Westbrook and Durant got into it Wednesday at Memphis. Definitely wasn't the first time and probably won't be the last.
Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:12 am
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

, you are an idiot. I can't believe you have the nerve to bag on someone and don't have any idea what you are even saying.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

Okay they almost stabbed one another with their skinny elbows, "Come On Man"!! They were more than likely fighting over some Candy. At 23yrs of age you make a fuss over really stupid crap and forget all about it after going to the Club on Friday. If they were fighting over a Female then Everyone can say," Time for a Trade ASAP"!



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

Willicious...u know nothing about basketball.  Malone is a center and Durant is PF and they will never match up or be better than Malone and Stockton.  These are two little brothers and Westbrook is a crybaby while Durant is a babysitter.

too fn funny...to tell someone that they know nothing about basketball and the next sentence call the Mailman a Center...and Durant a PF...is wrong too.  listed as a SF and prolly plays more like a SG.  My guess...he never seen Karl play because he was retired before this kid was outta diapers. 

And while Malone/Stockton prolly isnt a good comparison to Westbrook/Durant...little dude acts like the Thunder players are just some "black" thugs that cant ever match up.  Fact is...when all is said and done, KD will be better than both Malone and Stockton, easily.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

What gets me is how illiterate some of these guys are.  Two examples from Durant in this article alone.  First “We’re going to disagree sometimes, like I’ve always been saying,”  Like I've always been saying, really?  And to make it better, he goes on to say “But I’m behind him 110 percent, and he’s the same way with me. And you seen when we came on the floor we clicked and everything started to work from there.”  First of all you cannot get behind someone 110 percent, you can only give 100.  Better yet, he states that "you seen"..........really?  You seen, if he is trying to speak in past tense he should have said, "you saw".

Give it a break.  Educated people make grammatical errors when speaking, including myself.  People speak like those around them.  I bet Durant's family and friends say "I seen."  Just like people from certain parts of the country say "ain't."  Durant only went to college long enough to make it to the NBA.  I doubt his heart was into it.  I feel that strict and hyperactive correction of grammar is an activity for people who fail to understand the purpose of language, which is to communicate.  In a completely casual context, such as describing your basketball team's chemistry, everyone understands what he means.  Does it make you feel better to demean him just for the hell of it?

Oh, and saying 110% doesn't mean you don't understand numbers.  It is called hyperbole and is a perfectly legitimate rhetorical device.  It is a little trite these days, espectially in sports, but you get the picture.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Gotta love Royce Youn's making excuses for...

...Westbrook's immature and obnoxious behavior.  Apparently his angry emotional outbursts on the court--even at his own teammates--are "just who he is."  If my twelve year-old tried that lame excuse it wouldn't fly--so why should Young accept it from a 23 yr. old millionaire athlete?  Hey, Royce, if you ever wonder why pro athletes dis you when you try to interview them, or otherwise act entitled or beyond accountability, make sure to pat yourself on the back--you're part of the problem.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Gotta love Royce Young's making excuses for...

...Westbrook's immature and obnoxious behavior.  Apparently his emotional  on the court--even at his own teammates--are "just who he is."  If my twelve year-old tried that lame excuse it wouldn't fly--so why should Young accept it from a 23 yr. old millionaire athlete?  Hey, Royce, if you ever wonder why pro athletes dis you when you try to interview them, or otherwise act entitled or beyond accountability, make sure to pat yourself on the back--you're part of the problem.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

Before you nitpick about grammatical errors in conversation, learn to spell. Karl Malone with a K. Dumbass pseudo -intellectual BS. 



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

 Hey man. Do you have a brain? These are young guys, most of which have been pampered since they were young since they were so good at sports. there is not as much emphasis on speech given to alot of them in school. They speak how they speak. Bottom line. That certainly doesn't mean that they will squander and mishandle their fortunes.
 Do you know how many "smart" or "well spoken" individuals can't handle fame and fortune? To say that these guys will end up broke just because they don't speak the way that you expect them to is ridiculous.
 Perhaps you have heard of Shaq, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady....the list goes on. These guys made fortunes and are still doing very well. Not the greatest at speaking the English language the way that you would like. But they are doing just fine.
 Your comments can be translated as borderline racist.   
 



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

It is helpful to know who you are talking about when posting............Moses Malone was a center and has been retired for many, many years.  Carl Malone was a PF.

Putting that aside, these two have gone at each other many times before.  They are both great players who want to win, naturally two very competitive players will butt heads from time to time.

What gets me is how illiterate some of these guys are.  Two examples from Durant in this article alone.  First “We’re going to disagree sometimes, like I’ve always been saying,”  Like I've always been saying, really?  And to make it better, he goes on to say “But I’m behind him 110 percent, and he’s the same way with me. And you seen when we came on the floor we clicked and everything started to work from there.”  First of all you cannot get behind someone 110 percent, you can only give 100.  Better yet, he states that "you seen"..........really?  You seen, if he is trying to speak in past tense he should have said, "you saw".  We wonder why these guys end up broke after earning ridiculous sums of money, it is simple, they cannot understand what is happening to their money and have no idea how to plan for the future.

Sorry I digressed from the topic, but reading Durant's quotes got me a bit fired up.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Westbrook and Durant have altercation in Memphis

Could be nothing. In fact most likely this nothing, but Westbrook has a history now of this stuff and everytime it shows its ugly head its going to be a story. Westbrook is the classic case of a young guy growing up under the bright lights of fame and expectations... To be continued


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