By: Ashley Conley
Why can’t we be friends? by WAR has been Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s theme song for the last six months.
During the 2017 NBA All-Star game on Sunday, the two former Oklahoma City teammates shared a heartening moment on the court as Durant tossed an alley-oop to Westbrook, signaling that their ongoing drama may be on the mend – or at least left in the past.
RT if the only reason you are watching the NBA Allstar game is to see what happens with Durant and Westbrook
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) February 20, 2017
A lot of fans tuned into the All-Star game strictly to see if the climactic saga would continue, especially since the two were on the same team again. But when the first Durant/Westbrook action that took place was reminiscent of better days, the Twitterverse went wild.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 20, 2017
The Alley hoop between KD and Westbrook was more entertaining than the entire Slam Dunk Contest 😂 #AllStarGame
— Vicolvg (@vicolvg) February 20, 2017
I just shed a thug tear for that KD to Westbrook dunk 😢
— Chris Collins (@trillasme) February 20, 2017
That Russell Westbrook & Kevin Durant alley-oop moment…… pic.twitter.com/bRBGTa1k2T
— ronald isley (@yoyotrav) February 20, 2017
After finishing the dunk, Westbrook ran down the court to find Durant and the two shared a high-five. *Cue the feels*
The other Western Conference players on the bench had the best reaction.
— NxtgenSportsNetwork (@NxtgenSportsNet) February 20, 2017
The pair’s very public bad blood began in July when Durant, then a free agent, made the decision to leave the Thunder to join the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The move – perceived as a “you can’t beat ’em, so join ’em” type of ordeal – left a bad taste in most everyone’s mouth.
According to ESPN, Durant didn’t even tell Westbrook that he was leaving. The tandem spent eight seasons together in Oklahoma City building a successful franchise that finished within the top three in the Western Conference standings four times but failed to ever win a championship.
After the All-Star game, Westbrook made it clear that “It’s basketball. That’s it.” in his postgame interview. However, there’s a valuable lesson we can take away from this: despite our differences, conflicts and struggling friendships/relationships, we can all get along and be civil. And in today’s society, that’s exactly what we needed.
If Westbrook could catch an alley oop from Durant, you could message your ex
— YaLocalWhiteBoy (@NoHoesGeorge) February 20, 2017
Yo if Durant can throw Westbrook an alley-oop you democrats and republicans need to start getting along
— Nathan Thiessen (@NateT93) February 20, 2017
Durant and Westbrook combine for a pass and dunk. There’s hope for healing America. #NBAAllStar
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 20, 2017
Thanks, Durant and Westbrook, for restoring a little faith!
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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy.