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Kevin Durant decided to leave, and Russell Westbrook helped the grieving Oklahoma City fan base by signing a three-year, $85.7 million extension on Thursday to remain with the organization.

Everyone knows how fiery Westbrook is, and Durant’s departure really scorned him — not only was KD a remarkable teammate, but a friend. A brother. It probably hurt for a little bit, but Westbrook eventually got over it as he looks to start a new chapter in his career; a chapter where he’s the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

If that presumption needs validation, look no further than Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who reported that Westbrook deleted the goodbye text that Durant sent him once his decision was made:

“No nostalgia, no reflection and no regret: In Westbrook’s world, Durant had been deleted like his old teammate’s text message saying goodbye on the way to Golden State.”

In the wake of KD’s earth-shattering decision, it was reported that Westbrook was ‘ticked off’ by his former teammate, and Kevin Durant even came out publically and said that their relationship will never be the same. Now that Russ has the team all to him, it’s not a stretch to predict that he’ll put up tremendous numbers next season, and will have the potential to be the second player in league history to average a triple-double for a season.

If I were making the NBA’s schedule, there is no chance I’m not matching up the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder for a primetime contest on Christmas Day. It’s borderline blasphemous.

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