Sunday , Sep , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Durant: There’s no beef with Russell Westbrook

That’s going to happen. But I support him 100 percent. Of course, I hated when people were saying the stuff they were saying, and he hated it as well. I didn’t want it to get to his head. I hate when people try to creep into the group and try to break things up.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re good.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant wants everybody to know there’s no beef between him and point guard Russell Westbrook.

In fact, Durant likes Westbrook as a player and person. Any friction was nothing more than teammates holding each other accountable.

Fair enough. Credit Durant for showing maturity and attempting to douse out any fires before they burn in Oklahoma City.

Here’s the problem: Thunder coach Scott Brooks has real concerns with Westbrook’s shot-first mentality, and left him on the bench for key stretches of the 2011 playoffs.

Brooks wants Westbrook to stop acting like he’s the first-option and to facilitate for others like a classic table-setter. The team knows this. They have to.

And what happens if Westbrook, a headstrong and confident player, ignores Brooks’ advice and continues looking for his shot instead of creating for Durant and others?

Then there may be a problem.

–Oly Sandor.

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