Kevin Durant vs. Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant has signed with the Golden State Warriors and the world is burning. The NBA is on fire. Up is down and left is right. Earthquakes across the globe. Coastal flooding and tornados in the plains. Comets are colliding into the Earth’s crust. The world as we know it has completely shifted.

But how did this happen?

It is being reported that Durant was frustrated with the coaching staff and Russell Westbrook specifically.

“Ultimately he got frustrated and felt that they had plateaued,” said a person with insight into Durant’s thought process. “(Billy Donovan) came in, and he still had the same issues that he had with Russ under (Scott Brooks). The offense didn’t change much. He still had to take a ton of contested shots every game; and that’s when he had the ball at all.”TheScore

It’s tough not to take Kevin Durant’s side here. Last season the Oklahoma City Thunder were last in passes per game. Not even assists, just last in straight up passing the basketball. Imagine playing a pick-up basketball game with Russell Westbrook. You would never see the ball.

Obviously, you can see what would make Durant head to Golden State. Steve Kerr has an offense that allows Steph Curry shoot from half court anytime he wants to. It’s an offense that is designed specifically to get shooters wide open. I mean, usually it involves completely illegal screens but Golden State can do whatever they want. Rules don’t apply to them.

But before we all collectively shit on Russell Westbrook, let’s remember that he’s the second most athletically gifted player in the NBA only behind LeBron James. Westbrook led the Thunder is usage for any advanced stats guys out there.

The point I’m trying to make is that Russell may be a little selfish but most players who can get to the rim whenever they want to are ball hogs. James Harden has the perfect team in Houston full of players who don’t mind standing around and watching Harden cook. Durant is just not one of those types of cats.

So who’s to blame for this massive shift in the NBA’s tectonic plates: Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook?

Answer: Dion Waiters.

If you think Durant was frustrated watching Westbrook chuck up bricks, can you imagine how pissed he was standing around as Dion Waiters charged to the basket and dribbled balls off of his own knee and missed wide open 3’s. Westbrook is selfish but he’s a triple-double machine and he’s borderline unstoppable when he gets hot. Dion Waiters is personally responsible for Durant moving to Oakland.


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