Russell Westbrook posted a picture of cupcakes to Instagram on the Fourth of July, the same day that Kevin Durant announced that he would sign with the Golden State Warriors. As it turns out, that post was a dig at his former superstar teammate.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been the subject of dueling features today, with the NBA season upon us. Durant told Rolling Stonethat he and Westbrook were not really friends off the court, and that part of the reason he signed with Golden State is because of how close the team's star players are.
Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins spoke to Westbrook about the highly publicized break-up, and while the explosive point guard has been reluctant to discuss Durant's move away from the Thunder, he did respond publicly the day that is happened. No one realized he did it at the time, however.
Westbrook didn’t disparage Durant. He didn’t judge him. All he did was take a picture. When Kendrick Perkins played center for the Thunder, he called teammates “cupcake” if he thought they were acting a little soft. Westbrook and Durant adopted the term in jest. Westbrook posted a bittersweet pic on Instagram: three plates of cupcakes topped by red and blue stars and sprinkles.
The Instagram post in question looks completely innocuous, to those of us outside of the Thunder locker room.
And now, in context, it takes on a completely different meaning.
Durant is off to Golden State, a team with three established superstars and an NBA title under its belt. Westbrook signed an extension to stay in Oklahoma City exactly one month later, where there is no longer any doubt that he is "the guy." He is a favorite to take home his first Most Valuable Player award.
The Thunder and Warriors play their first game on November 3 in Oakland. We can't wait.