When Paul George was traded to the Thunder, he watched hours of tape of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing together. George even spoke about the Thunder with Durant but they didn't discuss playing with Westbrook.

"What happened between them two is between them two," George said. "They had a long history together. I respect the history they had together. It wasn't on my behalf to want to know. I didn't want to know. Whatever wasn't working, or whatever was working that we didn't know, media ran with it and thought they were against each other; it was between them.

"We were in a new situation, and I wanted a fresh start with Russ. Whether there was something that went bad between those two, I didn't need to have any opinion going into this. I wanted know Russ and get to know Russ for myself. And he's been an unbelievable teammate."