There’s no trash talk quite like end-of-series trash talk. It’s easy to be magnanimous in victory, but it’s not nearly as much fun as pointing to the scoreboard as you lob a Molotov cocktail through the window on your way out of the building. After the Thunder finished off the Mavericks in five games, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook efficiently and effectively incinerated their loudest nemeses.
Please enjoy 40 glorious seconds.
The first question was regarding Mavs owner Mark Cuban’s comments on Westbrook before last night’s game. I don’t know quite what got into Cuban, but he declared that Westbrook “is an All-Star but not a superstar.” He proceeded to explain: the Thunder didn’t do much when Durant went down with injury last year, so if Westbrook can’t carry a team by himself—no matter how poorly constructed it was—he can’t be a superstar.
Cuban also said that Westbrook suffers in comparison to Durant:
“The way I define a superstar is, who do you want the ball in the hands of at the end of a game when you need a bucket?” Cuban said. “Who do you know that can get off that shot and make that shot? And that’s your superstar...But I don’t think there’s many teams that have more than one. Typically, you’re going to find one guy that you want the ball in the hands of at the end of the game. That truly is the definition of who you want. On the other side of the bar here [points to the Thunder bench], there’s only one guy that you’d want the ball in the hands of.”
Watch Westbrook’s face when he’s asked about Cuban’s comments. His eyes go a bit wide, he gives a subtle nod as Durant reaches over to intercept the question and says Cuban is “an idiot,” and a little smirk spreads across his face.
The roles are reversed on the next question, about Charlie Villanueva, who got into it with Westbrook throughout the series, messing with his pregame dance routine and beefing over it for a couple more days. Last night, he tried to get into Westbrook’s head again. It did not work.
Westbrook was clearly delighted to be allowed to answer this one.
“Now he gets to go home, do whatever he needs to do to get ready for next year to sit down and watch 82 more games like he did this year.”
If you didn’t catch it, watch the very end of the video again. Kevin Durant, under his breath, mumbles “he might not even be in the league.”
Well, Charlie Villanueva is dead now. R.I.P.