Was the clock about to strike midnight in OKC? Did KD leave his little glass slipper behind on the way out? Does that make Steph Curry the Prince Charming of Durant-gate? Does it make me creepy that I’m a grown ass man that uses Disney movie analogies?
Either way, the truth is that for a lot of people KD just made himself an ugly step-sister. Look no further than Twitter to find the legions of NBA fans who are calling for his head. This is a lot like the Decision, except this time the collateral damage isn’t the complete economic collapse of the parking lot with a mayor that is Cleveland. Russell Westbrook is left alone to take every shot, drive coast to coast, mean mug, and wear whatever he damn well pleases. The most dynamic duo since Kobe and Shaq, disbanded because KD is sweating for that ring. The question though, what happens to Russ?
With Kobe retired the truth is that Russ is the realest in the NBA right now. From his play style to his attitude, and yes even his choice of dress, there isn’t anything about him that indicates he gives the slightest shit about what you think. We’re talking about a guy who is on the verge of being the the real MVP (sorry KD’s mom) of the league. Not to mention what we saw him do when he had the team all to himself. While KD struggles to find the ball, it will be career highs for Russ in almost every category as his usage goes through the roof this coming season. Who else is scoring the points, making the passes, setting the pace? Waiters? Ersan? Oladipo and Kanter are capable on the offensive end, but you better expect to see the ball in Westbrooks’ hands near every possession.
So don’t you dare sleep on the ninja turtle of the NBA. He can wear any mask he wants, and has nowhere to go but up. The Golden State Warriors may have a big four, but the Thunder have an entire dojo of mutant teenage reptiles in their corner. Turtle power is about to take full effect in OKC, and Russ is all four in one. When he’s clutch, he’s Donnie. When he’s mad, he’s rude Raph. When he’s cooling, he’s Mikey. And when he’s leading this team, he will be Leonardo. Cowabunga dude, get ready for the show.