Kyrie Irving tells Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, Warriors’ Kevin Durant they can still work together
Although Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors may have already buried the hatchet on their highly-publicized feud, the likelihood of a reunion between these two superstars is highly improbable, at best. However, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving appears to think otherwise, telling his two Team USA teammates that they can still work together.
In a video clip shared around on Twitter, Irving is seen sitting on the sideline while watching Westbrook and Durant going over some drills with a couple of Team USA coaches. There appeared to be some disagreement between the two former teammates, and Irving was quick to get up to his feet and share some words of encouragement.
Kyrie Irving tells Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook “Come on yo, you can still work together. Don’t be like that.” After bickering at Team USA Practice pic.twitter.com/Cj3k5Oiemn
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Misunderstandings between teammates are not uncommon, especially among highly-competitive individuals that expect nothing less than perfection. At the end of the day, it’s all about doing things right way and getting the best out of yourself and your teammates.
However, given Westbrook and Durant’s history, it wouldn’t be surprising if any type of disagreement between them is probably rooted from some unresolved personal issues. Even Irving himself understands this, and his statement seems to carry a sense of surrender. Although encouraging, his words reiterate the fact that something has been lost; with him hoping against hope that Westbrook and Durant could “still work together.”
Irving is no stranger to breakups, as he himself turned his back on his partnership with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just last summer. Perhaps the advice he solicited to Westbrook and Durant is a lingering thought in his subconscious.