The NBA All-Star Game is only a couple of days away now and all the talk about what rotations the coaches will use continues to ramp up. West head coach Steve Kerr has reported that he will use his Big Four together. The Warriors are one of the few teams to ever have four players in the All-Star Game. The question that comes up now is who will Kerr play with the Warriors? The answer might lie in one of the unlikeliest of players.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, when asked about playing Russell Westbrook with the Warriors’ four All-Stars Kerr said, “I’ve definitely considered it.” Kerr went on to mention that mainly all he will do as coach of the West is determine the lineups. He simply puts the players on the floor and lets them do the rest. If he does that then he might find it interesting what Westbrook decides to do. The Warriors are clearly not on the good side of Russ so he might take over the game himself.
Westbrook has a good history with the All-Star Game, having won the MVP the past two years. While All-Star Weekend is supposed to be a time when players can get away from the drama of the regular season, it could be the exact opposite for Russ. All attention will be on Westbrook as he interacts with his former teammate Kevin Durant. Westbrook and Durant have even been seen going as far as ignoring each other while in the same restaurant.
Also according to Stein, when Durant was asked about who he would like to see join the Warriors’ Four on the court Durant had this to say,
“Haven’t thought about that one. I know that’s the million-dollar question. Whoever he throws out there, man, I’m sure it’ll be fun.”
There is no doubt that it would be fun playing with four of your teammates in the All-Star Game, but Westbrook wouldn’t be the best fit with them. Westbrook appears to want nothing to do with them. He also does not fit in the Warriors’ style of play on the court. Some around the league believe that Draymond Green can be the icebreaker between players. Green has always been known as a joking player who knows how to have a good time. The problem is that Westbrook does not seem like the type of player to let the drama go. Westbrook is a super competitive player who forgives no one. If you aren’t with him then you’re against him.
One other lineup that many fans are begging to see is Durant, Westbrook and James Harden. All three of those players had success together in OKC and, at the time, it seemed like the were developing great relationships. Life has changed now though, and in a game full of All-Stars it appears the attention will fall on two, Durant and Westbrook. Can the two coexist or will the ignoring continue?