Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams was the latest guest of ESPN’s Zach Lowe’s ‘The Lowe Post’ podcast, where he had the chance to discuss a variety of topics, including the departures of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the biggest figures of the team.
Although he spoke about both players, Adams went deeper when talking about KD and how he handled things with his Thunder teammates before and after he left.
Talking about Durant, he said he would’ve had handled things differently than the 2x NBA champion:
“It’s the communication part of it. People are gonna be upset regardless. But they can still respect you in the sense that you kind of respect the relationship that you guys built, if that makes sense. Not that I take it too personally myself, because my time with him was limited, and it’s also like he’s older, I’m younger sort of thing. So I don’t really like to try and criticize him for the thing. But I was just saying, if I was in his situation, any sort of relationship that I would’ve built up, I probably would’ve let them know first. Just gives them a heads up. Or even afterward, even after the whole deal like, ‘Hey bro, yada, yada, yada.'”
Then, he was asked if he’s talked to Durant since his departure:
“No, not at all. I sent him a message on Facebook, but I don’t think he uses Facebook.”
Even though this happened a couple of years ago, Durant leaving OKC to join the team that beat his the year before is still a sensitive topic. Adams’ words only confirm all that’s been said over the last few years.