Kendrick Perkins claims they could have become the best duo in history
Two game icons, Kendrick Perkins and Paul Pierce, joined Rachel Nichols sure ESPN ‘The Jump’ recently. The trio discussed the possible results if KD and Westbrook had stayed on good terms.
“If Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant never separate, I see the Oklahoma City Thunder building a dynasty,” Perkins started. The 2008 NBA Champion said that if the relationship between KD and Westbrook had remained intact, they could have become one of the best duos to appear in the NBA. “I wish they never parted because they were scratching the surface just knocking on the front door to win the NBA title. “
Tonight, ESPN is broadcasting two key games from the Warriors NBA Finals, one pre-KD and one with KD. It made us think of the chain reaction if Durant had stayed at OKC instead – would Russ and KD have a title together? Does LeBron have an extra ring? What about the Rockets and the Warriors? pic.twitter.com/QoOKY8Brr4
– Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 13, 2020
Expressing resentment at the failure of the KD-Westbrook partnership, Perkins’ comments were supported by longtime Celtics teammate Paul Pierce. “If KD stays in Oklahoma, I don’t see any dynasty for the Warriors. I don’t see any dynasty. ”
Pierce said that if KD had never left the team, LeBron James could have won an additional title. His rivalry with the Warriors grew over time, and Durant’s arrival only strengthened the Bay team.
The monumental pairing of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant
The pairing of KD and Westbrook progressed to great heights just a few years before the former left for the Warriors. They broke several records while playing together and had the NBA in their fists. They became the first pair of teammates to score 40 points each in a game since 1996. Durant even broke some scoring records himself. However, Pierce had the perfect answer to their problems.
“It was a power struggle there. We know KD was the best player, but Russ wanted to be the man. That was one reason why KD left for the Warriors. It wasn’t because they weren’t so talented, I mean Russ was a MVP caliber player. ”
While what Pierce mentioned may have been true, Perkins, who played with the pair during his time with the Thunder, gave his two cents on the players. He felt that if they had stayed together for years to come, they could have put their differences aside and focused on the important goal of winning the championship.
However, time travel is not possible, and Perkins hates the fact that they are not together. “I just wish they never parted. It was a bad break. It was a horrible divorce, ” he was upset.