Since the moment Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, a lot has been made about his relationship with former teammate Russell Westbrook.
If social media is to be believed, the two are arch enemies after the 2014 Most Valuable Player decided to switch Oklahoma for the Bay Area.
However, in a recent interview on 'Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons' the forward said there was no beef as he left all of his emotions on the court, insisting he would compete against Westbrook, but no different to how he will every game.
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"I don't care about you that much to try to want to hate you," Durant said. "I hear all the time that 'Michael (Jordan) hated such and such, Isiah (Thomas) hated such and such.'
"I'm not thinking about you at home when I'm on my couch for me to hate you that much. That's just not who I am."
It certainly feels like Westbrook is the one with something to prove. As the out and out leader of the Thunder he will have to show that he can do it without Durant.
Their first matchup is going to be big, and Westbrook really can lay down a marker for the future.