Kendrick Perkins said he brokered a phone call between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant that took place after Westbrook eclipsed Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record last month.
Perkins, a colleague of Westbrook and Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2011 to 2015, reviewed in an appearance on TNT’s “Area 21” on Monday night that after he had been endeavoring to “figure out a way to try to make them talk again, because I felt like the outside world was putting a beef there that really wasn’t too serious,” that Durant informed him with the news.
“I think the night that Russ broke the record, I had texted KD,” Perkins said, referring to April 10, after Westbrook and Durant had yet to officially speak since Durant joined the Golden State Warriors in July. “The next day, he was talking about something, and he sent me a text and was like, ‘Me and Russ had a nice conversation.’ The media don’t even know nothing about it, but I just let it be known that they’re back on talking terms, the differences are aside.” Perkins didn’t play this season, however, has said he isn’t prepared to resign. He added that Durant’s possible come back to the Thunder wasn’t feasible.
“I wouldn’t be surprised — if KD makes a little run, I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes back to Oklahoma,” Perkins said. “Because in my opinion, I don’t think Russ is going anywhere. He’s that type of guy. He just wants to stick it out, and he just wants you to give him those pieces, and he just wants to roll with it. He’s not going and trying to run and chase [titles]. And one thing about it, he’s begging nobody to come play with him.”
The evident telephone call was a stark cry from three months back when neither Westbrook nor Durant was keen on discussing their relationship amid All-Star Weekend. They connected in the All-Star Game, as Durant sustained Westbrook for a hurl in the primary quarter, one moment after Westbrook registered with the amusement interestingly.
During training camp, Westbrook told reporters he wasn’t answering any additional questions about Durant. However, he handled a couple toward the beginning of February, paving the way to Durant’s arrival amusement in Oklahoma City. At that point amid that amusement, the two had an on-court trade, with Westbrook shouting, “I’m coming!” and Durant reacting that Westbrook was all the while going to lose.
Westbrook said taking after the Feb. 11 contest – a 130-114 Warriors triumph – that he had proceeded onward, with him, concentrated on his group while Durant focuses on his.