The biggest headline coming out of the off season this year was Kevin Durant deciding to pack up and join forces with his adversaries, better known as the Golden State Warriors. This blow may have crushed OKC fans, but they have surely caught their second wind with the NBA’s greatest Super Villain, Russell Westbrook.
Russell Westbrook has been lighting the NBA on fire with KD’s high profile departure as the only fuel he needs for his revenge tour, turning every OKC game into must see TV. Damian Lillard is making a very public campaign to be the league’s MVP. But unbeknownst to him, Russell has a different idea in mind. The scariest part about all of this is we’re only 3 games into the season and Russell is already well into mid-season form, averaging a triple double in points, rebounds and assists. Russell is taking his game to a completely different level. The only question that remains at this point is how long can he keep this up?
Well, Russell has a history of getting the job done with or without KD. In fact check his stats when KD was out due to injury:
Russell Westbrook has a history of getting the job done without Kevin Durant. pic.twitter.com/5Pv7Qg1qAd
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Aside from stats, Russell is now also assuming the role as the new (and only) “face” of the Oklahoma City Thunder. A role he’s had to share with Kevin Durant during their tenure together. He’s the leader of the team now and sets the tone for how things are handled. So reporters get your post game questions right or this might be your interview:
If Russell didn’t already have enough to fuel his revenge tour, things got even frostier when KD recently expressed in an interview with Rolling Stone that he and Russell weren’t even that close and had more of a ‘working relationship’ than a friendship. Which again, was news to Russell. If this is how Russell responds to the departure of KD, we should anticipate one hell of an MVP speech this year.