Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant knows where he stands in the eyes of former teammate Russell Westbrook.

His relationship with the mercurial point guard is something that will take time to repair, especially when it comes after an eight-year partnership that ended so abruptly.

“I’m not saying I did it the right way,” Durant told Anthony Slate of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m owning up to that. We’re not going to go through this in the media though. I’m not going to say I should’ve did this, should’ve did that. We’ll figure our differences out as men one-on-one. He’s doing his job right now and he’s doing a helluva job. And I’m doing my job. Of course we’re not going to talk every day.”

“But like I said, I don’t care what y’all say, fans in OKC, media, whoever. We’re going through a tough time right now in our relationship. But we’re brothers at the end of the day.”

While the game will be surrounded with the intensity of both teams, there will be no awkward handshakes between the former duo.

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“I don't shake hands. That's something I've never done before a game,” Durant told Chris Haynes of ESPN. “I just take the court to play. After the game, that's different.”

If Michael Jordan went a whole career without shaking hands before the game, we're sure Durant will do just fine without one from Westbrook on Thursday.

Save the popcorn for the game, kids.