Even though Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams were teammates for seven seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s playoff basketball.
As the Houston Rockets look to put the dagger in the Thunder with their third victory in four games, both Westbrook and Adams were involved in a little verbal altercation during the first half of Game 4. Despite the fact that Westbrook hasn’t played a single minute in the series due to injury, the former league MVP jawed at his former big man during a stop in play.
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Westbrook — seen in a Bryant jersey — went at his former big man before referees intervened to stop the two.
Although the veteran point guard was traded to Houston last offseason in the blockbuster deal which sent Chris Paul to the Thunder, Steven Adams made sure to stress that friendship goes beyond business. He actually mentioned that Russell Westbrook contacted him before the trade went down, letting him know that a move was being made.
Via Dorian Craft of Thunder Wire:
“He called me before it was even going down I think. Just gave me the heads up and all that sort of stuff. Cause you’ve got the business side of things, right? Everyone always says the same thing, ‘Oh, it’s a business.’ But I don’t know how many players actually buy into that concept. But your friendship goes beyond the business side of things. In terms of handling it you’re just like, ‘Oh, well. That’s surprising. It’s an interesting move. I hope it all works out well,’” the Thunder big man shared at the time.
While the two remain friends to this day, their friendship obviously doesn’t override their competitive nature.