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”I hate how they talk down to [him] & our game. It’s toxic” — Kevin Durant defends Russell Westbrook from online hate

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during Team LeBron practice at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have one of the weirdest relationships in any professional sport. They used to be close buddies when they played together but drifted apart when KD bolted to greener pastures. Now, the two seemed to have buried the hatchet, and Durant has recently defended his friend against online hate.

“I hate how they talk down to [him] & our game. It’s toxic.”

KD defended his former teammate against online abuse. Since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brodie has undergone challenging times. He’s been with the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, and the L.A. Lakers. KD claimed that Westbrook had been the subject of jokes that were way out of line.

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Now you making him a butt of your jokes. I get the criticism for what he did that night, but now it’s starting to reach a different level of sh*t I don’t understand. I hate how they talk down to [him] & our game. It’s toxic.” said Durant on The Boardroom

Brodie’s been the subject of memes that point out his wayward misses or inability to defend. Of course, these things happen to everyone, but they get magnified because of his credentials and supposed attitude sensationalized by the media. Westbrook said he’s not a fan of the Westbrick meme, and his family was affected by all the online attacks.

How Brodie can silence the haters

Durant knows winning is the only way to shut up the haters. The Slim Reaper drew flak for leaving the Thunder to win a chip with the Golden State Warriors. The thing is, fans and bashers could say what they want to say, but it’s up to the players to choose what’s best for them. In the case of Westbrook, he’s been criticized for seemingly not wanting to come off the bench for the Lakers.

Russell has been the man on the teams that he played for before. Coming off the bench or becoming a second or third option may be challenging, but at this point in his career, it may be time to accept new roles. Even if the former MVP played well and the Lakers lost, he’s still subjected to the finger-pointing of fans who already have a clouded judgment of him.

The only way for Russell Westbrook to rediscover the joy of playing basketball is to stay away from making comments that could get misunderstood by the fans. He’s known to make outrageous quotes, but it’s better if he just lets his game do the talking. 

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