Outside of posing for pictures on the latest issue of GQ, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar point guard Russell Westbrook also took time to answer some questions during an interview for the magazine.
Although he made it clear last week that he has grown tired of giving his reaction to Kevin Durant‘s move to the Golden State Warriors, he still provided a subtle response when asked by GQ's Daniel Riley the similar question.
“I mean, obviously in the NBA there’s a lot of different decisions that people make. The whole thing in the NBA is that people sometimes have an opportunity to go where they want. And Kevin chose a place where he wanted to go.”
The five-time All-Star also explained why he plays the way he does, and talked about how he feels about the way he's perceived by a lot of people.
“I don’t know how to be cool. You know what I mean? That’s not in my nature. I only know how to play one way. I can’t, like, decide to turn the switch on and off. I’m not good enough to do that.”
“But what does it feel like to know that’s how people perceive him, even if he doesn’t perceive himself that way? “I just don’t care. A lot of people don’t really know me. All they know is what they see on TV. So I don’t mind it. Because I play basketball different than how I am off the court. When I’m on the court, everybody thinks I’m angry and I’m mad. I’m fine with that. But that’s why I think some people are confused until they see me off the court. They’ll run into me and be like: ‘Oh, I thought you were gonna be mad.’But why would I be mad?”
His comments may be thought as another jab towards Durant and his new team, because it'll be very hard to believe that he does not view the Warriors differently than other NBA teams.
If he indeed holds a grudge against his former teammate is anybody's guess at this point, but we'll keep our eyes open for clues when their teams face-off in two of the most highly-anticipated matchups of the season.
If Westbrook plays with a higher level of intensity on both occasions, he'll be able to answer a lot of questions without saying a word.