After Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested that Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook was an "All-Star but not a superstar," many people in the basketball world have been reading into the comments.
Following Cuban's comments, the point guard went dangerously close to recording yet another triple-double by posting 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the Thunder's 118-104 win over the Mavericks to close their first-round playoff series in five games.
One man that jumped to Westbrook's defence was his teammate of eight years, Kevin Durant. The 2014 MVP took exception to Cuban's assertion and when Westbrook was asked what he thought about the Mavericks' owner's comments following their game five win, Durant intervened.
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Putting his hand over Westbrook's microphone, Durant said of Cuban: "He's an idiot. He's an idiot. Don't listen to him. All right. That's what we've got to say about that. He's an idiot. Next question."
The two clearly have a special relationship and it has made the Thunder such an attractive team in the past few years. They are dynamic, explosive and talented on the court, but they have that brotherly love that makes their journey so compelling.
Following the Thunder's practice on Wednesday, Westbrook admitted how much he values Durant's protection of him and explained just how close they are.
"It was very important [to me]," Westbrook said. "Me and Kevin's relationship is great. He's like my brother. We talk about different things, not just basketball-related. He's always gonna have my back and I'll always have his."
During Durant's MVP acceptance speech back in 2014, the small forward gave the world some more insights into the relationship he shares with Westbrook, including how competitive things can get between the two.
"You make me better," Durant said. "You know, your work ethic, I always want to compete with you. I always want to pull up in the parking lot of the arena, or the practice facility, and if you beat me there I was always upset. I always wanted to outwork you.
KD would go on to state that Westbrook is an "MVP-calibre player," and that it is a "blessing to play with you, man,"
It makes Durant's status in free agency this summer all the more curious. Is their relationship so strong that he will want to re-sign with Oklahoma to remain with Westbrook and try and contend for a title?
Or will Durant head for pastures new, with his backcourt support entering free agency next summer and potentially joining him elsewhere?
Speculation aside, the bond between the two men appears to be strong and well. How that will factor into Durant's decision making this summer is up for debate.