Russell Westbrook Opens Up About Leaving OKC, Tension with Kevin Durant

By Jhon Cabalo, Posted: 10/18/16 07:10AM EDT
Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook during OK Thunder's game against San Antonio Spurs.(Photo : Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook opened up about his career in the NBA, as well as the rumored tension between him and fellow hardcourt star Kevin Durant. 

In an interview with GQ, he said the whole thing in the NBA is that people sometimes have an opportunity to go where they want. 

But he respectably says of Durant, "I mean, obviously in the NBA there's a lot of different decisions that people make," he says. He said Durant chose a place where he wanted to go. He added that he doesnt want to answer anymore Durant questions this is why in his first interview after the signing, Westbrook lessen tension with Kevin Durant.

Westbrook finally opened up more about his mantra as a basketball player. He share that he and his friends started a motto early in high school. Westbrook says. "That attitude, that mentality, from way back then: Want to go to Stanford? Why not? Want to play in the NBA? Why not?" He humbly said that he was never the best player.

"Though even when I was younger, I felt that on any given day I could be," he continued. He said that mentality helped him get over the hump each and every day to where he was meant to go.
Russell Westbrook said he does not know how to be cool. "You know what I mean? That's not in my nature." He added that he only knows how to play one way. He cannot decide to turn the switch on and off because he thinks he is not good enough to do that.

But what does it feel like to know that's how people perceive him, even if he doesn't perceive himself that way? He claimed he just don't care. He adds that a lot of people do not really know him.

He said all the people know is what they see on TV but he is not really bothered. His personality while playing is a far cry from who he is on the court.

Everybody thinks he is angry and mad on court but he is fine with that. "But that's why I think some people are confused until they see me off the court. They'll run into me and be like: 'Oh, I thought you were gonna be mad.' But why would I be mad?"

This is more of Russel Westbrook's personality. Fans will like him just the way he is.

Russell Westbrook ranked second in the league in assists last season and also led the league in unassisted field goals over the last six years. The Thunder ranked last in passes per possession last season, while the Warriors ranked in the top 10.

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