Rick Barry slights Russell Westbrook for Kevin Durant leaving Thunder
According to Monte Pool of NBC Sports Bay Area, Barry felt that Durant deserved to seek out a better opportunity than playing alongside Russell Westbrook. Barry told Pool:
“Except I wouldn’t want to be standing around on the wing when my point guard has the ball for 22 seconds and then he can’t get a shot off and he throws it to me with one or two on the clock and I’ve got to throw up a prayer. How much fun is that? It’s no fun to watch. And it’s worse to have to be a part of it playing under those circumstances.”
The Thunder were right on the cusp of taking down the Warriors in 2016, but they ultimately failed. Westbrook’s ball-dominant style certainly played a factor in Durant’s decision to skip town. But that aspect of his decision may be overblown.
Although a swath of NBA fans and former players criticized Durant’s decision to sign with Golden State, many felt the same way Barry does.
But people tend to forget that Westbrook and Durant were dominant together in OKC. Had KD stayed with the Thunder, they may have a championship banner hanging in Chesapeake Energy Arena right now.