Time heals all wounds.
What once felt like irreconcilable differences between former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant is now water under the bridge, new Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski in a recent one-on-one interview.
"Whatever went between him and Russ, that's their business," George said when asked if he'd try to figure out what went wrong between the two, according to The Oklahoman's Adam Kemp. "It's not my point to want to know or want to figure out what happened. It's pointless. They are buddies, they are back good again. I'm here to build something different and something special."
When Durant made his decision to depart OKC and sign with the 73-win Golden State Warriors in free agency last summer, he informed Westbrook he was leaving him high and dry via text message, which he reportedly deleted immediately. The four-time scoring champion admitted that their bond could be damaged beyond repair, and that it would definitely never be the same.
When ESPYS host Peyton Manning cracked a joke about the highly scrutinized departure in his opening monologue Wednesday, both Durant and Westbrook were seen in the audience being extremely stoic, so much so that it was difficult to decipher whether they were in on the joke, or genuinely upset.
Nonetheless, considering all that's happened in a year's time (Durant captures title with Warriors and Finals MVP, Westbrook averages triple-double en route to MVP win), paired with George's remarks, perhaps all parties involved are indeed willing to move forward.