KENDRICK Perkins said former teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook “never really valued each other.”
The 31-year old center, who played alongside the two stars for five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, gave this assessment on The Vertical Podcast with Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I think to me, what happened was with Russ and KD, I think they never really valued each other like that should have. And not saying that they didn’t value as, like, didn’t like each other. What I’m talking about is, I don’t think they ever realized and said, ‘Hey man, I got Kevin Durant on my side. We could take over this league.’ And I never thought KD did vice versa.”
Perkins, who now plays in Europe for KK BASK, said the duo “will regret that.”
“You got two of the top five players in the NBA on the same team. And I just think that they never valued each other, and trust me… when they think this 10 years later, they’re gonna regret that.”
Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason after nine seasons with the Thunder, eight of them partnered with Westbrook.
According to Perkins, the two stars and the rest of the team got along rather well on a personal level.
Part of the problem, according to Perkins, was Westbrook was not getting the credit of being on the same level as Durant even though he had the same level of potential in leading the team.
“It was always the outside. It was always a controversy of whose team it was. Why it just can’t be both of y’all’s team? How about Russ goes for 50 one night, you go 60 for the next night.”
Both Durant and Westbrook can now score as much as they want in the same game, since both are now on rival teams.