This Thansgiving , a lot of NBA fans are thankful for some good old trash talking among former teammates turned rivals. On Wednesday night, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors were in Oklahoma to play the Thunder and things got chippy.
Russell Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash.
Omg Russ and KD finally got into it. My thanksgiving prayers have been answered. pic.twitter.com/hSOS1Tsezp
— Vasu Kulkarni (@Vasu) November 23, 2017
Durant could be seen saying, “You’re a p—y,” while Westbrook responded with “You’re soft.”
The crowd went crazy, loving every minute of it. The referees allowed the two players to exchange verbal taunts without issuing double techs either. Moments later, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Green were hit with technicals.
After the game, there were no handshakes exchanged between the two teams. Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Raymond Felton waved their hands out of respect in the direction of the Warriors’ bench before heading back to the locker room. The Thunder blew out the Warriors 108-91.
Westbrook was completely unapologetic and sent a quick reminder that ball is life.
I play the same way every night if it’s against Kevin or if it’s against Detroit. It don’t matter who it is. On the court I have no friends. The only friend I have is the basketball. That’s it. And obviously my teammates, but I go out to compete and to guard and play at a high level. I’ve been that way since day one and that’s what I do.
Durant enjoyed the chatter and didn’t mind it at all. “Man, it’s just ball,” he said. “He’s competitive, I’m competitive. We like to go at it, both of us, and that’s just a part of the game.”
Warriors vs Thunder is the best rivalry in the NBA. If they meet up in the playoffs, the series will make for some must-watch television.