Why Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were, and will be, fired up every time they play Kobe Bryant and the Lakers this season:
Sources say the Black Mamba talked relentless smack during the Olympics that the Thunder stars weren't going back to the Finals after the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and then added Dwight Howard right before the U.S. played Spain for the gold medal. Kobe also made a point of guarding Westbrook during practices and pumping him up, the theory being that he wanted to incite Russ to bump heads with KD over who the team's best player is. (If you think that's too conspiratorial to be real, you don't know Kobe.) KD, in particular, got tired of hearing him. For what it's worth: KD and Westbrook's combined 69 points is the highest single-game total they've posted this season.
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I remember KD talking about how respectful LeBron was coming off the finals..Not rubbing it in their face or talking much about it around him(Probably because he went through Melo/Chandler/KD/Harden/Russ to get it and wouldn't win that handicap match) but ya know, that's kind of messed up for Kobe to possibly, POSSIBLY create friction while they're trying to win a gold medal..Like come on dude, really? now? smh