Many NBA seasons have passed now, as many as six, but time has not erased the good memories that Russell Westbrook has of those times in which he shared the court with Kevin Durant and James Harden.
They played only three seasons together, but of enormous intensity. The first year they fell in the first round of the playoffs, the second reached the conference finals, where they lost to the Dallas Mavericks, and in the third they fought to sneak into the final fight for a ring, just to see the Miami Heat of LeBron James take it away from them .
Everything was there. They could’ve created a dynasty for many years, James Harden, with no place to grow and with a salary that was projected prohibitive for a Thunder team that bet everything on Westbrook and Durant, requested his transfer to the Houston Rockets. This is how Westbrook defines the three seasons they shared:
“It’s a blessing. It is something that doesn’t happen very often. It’s a blessing to be able to play with those guys, but at the same time I know and understand the path that each took, something that led them to be at the level they have now”, says the current MVP just before facing Houston in statements collected by Slam.