GOLDEN State coach Steve Kerr is keeping mum on whether he will play Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant and the three other Warriors who were named as All-Stars in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
"I've definitely considered it," admitted Kerr, who will coach the Western Conference team, on ESPN Radio on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Aside from toying with the idea of reuniting Westbrook and Durant along with Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, Kerr said one of his main tasks is to make sure every player gets enough minutes in the game.
"So we've got to figure out the minutes, and I have thought about it and I'm not going to share it with you here today," said Kerr, who was joined by West starters Durant and two-time NBA MVP Curry during the program.
"Everybody loves drama, man. It feels like we're in a big soap opera. A reality TV show," added Durant who left Westbrook and the OKC Thunder as a free agent to join the Warriors. “So many people want to know about our relationship, or a phone call, instead of worrying about the game, which is the most important thing. And I'm sure both of us and the rest of the players feel the same way."
Kerr earlier said that he will put all Warriors at the same time on the court in New Orleans in the annual showcase.
After Durant was asked who would join the Dubs quartet, the star laughed, "Haven't thought about that one. I know that's the million-dollar question. Whoever he throws out there, man, I'm sure it'll be fun."
There was no love lost between Durant and Westbrook as well as OKC fans when the Warriors went to Oklahoma City last Saturday in Durant’s first game back. The Warriors won 130-114 and Durant scored 34 points.
Curry, though, was intrigued with the prospect of playing with Westbrook.
"I feel like we'll be mature enough to just enjoy being All-Stars and being in that locker room and what wearing the West All-Star jersey means and celebrating everybody's accomplishments," he said.
"Obviously there's competition and there's history and whatever you want to call it. But at the end of the day we're all trying to push our games to the next level and continue to just raise the interest [in] the NBA as a whole and do special things. And I think we all fit into that category. [I] can't speak for KD or Russ or whatever, but being at All-Star is a special thing and you want to respect that," added Curry.
Durant maintained it would be a special time for those involved.
"All of our guys, we never take this moment for granted. This is very special to have four guys [from the same team] in the All-Star Game and to have your coach coaching you. So it's pretty cool. We'll see how it goes," he said.