After eight years together, Kevin Durant decided to part ways with Russell Westbrook and see other people, namely the Golden State Warriors. In search of his "evolution as a man," Durant realized that he had to do him, even if that meant shattering what he and Westbrook had built through the years. "I'm sure he wasn't happy about the decision, but he respected it as a friend," Durant told reporters at his first press conference as a member of the Warriors. "The relationship was great... but like I said, I wanted a new chapter in my life."
Of course, Durant knows that wanting this new chapter in his life would probably mean that what he had with Westbrook could be damaged forever. In an interview with Chinese sports outlet Sina, KD discussed the state of his relationship with Russ. "I just told [Westbrook], I let him know how I felt," he said. "And you obviously, our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again, but it’s something I wanted to do and I expressed that to him. Hopefully, he respected it."
At this point, it doesn't really matter if Westbrook respected Durant's choice or not. The Thunder star point guard has something more important to worry about: his future. Whether that means sticking it out with OKC or taking his talents elsewhere, like the Boston Celtics. Either way, what's done is done. Now, Russ has to worry about what's best for him because Durant clearly did the same.
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