Russell Westbrook is the star of another Air Jordan commercial. This one has people wondering if Nike is taking a slight jab at Kevin Durant. The commercial starts with Westbrook dribbling down a blacktop basketball court. In the background is the sound of an airplane getting ready to take off. Westbrook prepares to jump from the free throw line, and the camera pans up to reveal he isn’t on a basketball court, but a runway. There’s no basketball goal in sight, just a seemingly endless runway with the No. 23 painted on it. Then comes the interesting part: A gravelly voice says “Some run. Some make runways.”
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Did Durant deceive the Thunder in any way? Donovan, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: I think Kevin on the front end was very, very honest. When the season ended, he was going to go through this process, and he was going to take a meeting with us obviously first and then he was going to have some other teams he was going to meet with. And I think a little bit later on, after the season ended, they decided to do it out in the Hamptons. But I thought the meeting that we had went very well. I think we talked about basketball. We talked about our team. We talked about direction, talked about obviously his leadership, his role – all those kind of things. And I think, leaving the meeting, it was very, very, I thought, positive. I thought it was very, very clear. I think there was direction on both sides.
Storyline: Kevin Durant Free Agency
Appearing on the “Jim Rome Show” on CBS Sports Radio, Bryant said that he is happy for Durant and that it is the type of offseason move that would bring out his competitive edge. “I was happy for him. This is something that he wants to do man, he’s happy with his decision,” Bryant told Rome about Durant. “So as a competitor you have to look at that and say ok, how can I figure out, I have to figure out to take apart that team, and so now the challenge becomes how to find cracks within their system within their personnel, how can I take them down.”
The newly retired Bryant spent each of his 20 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, but loyalty never came up when he spoke about Durant on The Jim Rome Show Thursday (via Andre Vergara of Fox Sports). Rather, he spoke about how he would’ve reacted as a competitor. “I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over there; we’re still going to take you down.'”