Russell Westbrook gets standing ovation, stunning tribute video in return to OKC which sparks twitter beef between Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant

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For 11 years, Russell Westbrook called Oklahoma City his home as a player. For one more night this season, as a member of the Houston Rockets, the city was home again for the All-Star point guard.

Westbrook received a hero’s welcome in his return to Oklahoma City, nearly six months after the Thunder made the fateful decision to trade him to the Rockets for Chris Paul and a litany of draft picks.

The biggest moment came when the Thunder aired one heck of a tribute video honoring its former MVP.

Westbrook’s reception from the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd was similarly resounding. He received a standing ovation and deafening cheers from the entire arena.

Westbrook will always hold a special place in the hearts of Thunder fans, as the only All-Star to stay with the team until he was pulled away. Kevin Durant left for the Golden State Warriors, and hasn’t exactly endeared himself sincePaul George was great in his two years with the team, then demanded a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.

As for Westbrook, he stayed until it became clear the Thunder had more use for the draft capital he’d return in a trade, following George’s exit.

He obviously knew the significance of the night coming in, as evidenced by his fashion choice.

Westbrook ended up giving the fans what they wanted, leading all players with 34 points in a losing effort against the Thunder.

The whole production was enough to impress even a losing locker room, as Rockets star James Harden, also a former member of the Thunder, had some very good things to say about OKC after the game.

Westbrook’s return sparks KD Twitter beef

The event of Westbrook’s return also triggered some online clashing between two of his former teammates. Ex-Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins took to Twitter to tease a SportsCenter segment in which he called Westbrook the best player to put on a Thunder uniform.

That predictably triggered some lively debate in Perkins’ replies, and Durant wasn’t going to just let a conversation about him happen without going for some throats.

The two continued to go at it throughout the game, because there is no better way to honor Westbrook’s legacy than to get into internet screaming matches about Westbrook and Durant.

Cavaliers’ John Beilein to continue as head coach after calling players ‘thugs’; Jalen Rose says ‘The cover-up is worse than the crime’

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John Beilein, head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is expected to continue on in his job after calling his players “thugs.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that team leadership has no plans to make any changes following the incident.

Beilein, who is in his first year coaching the Cavaliers, used the word during a film session in Detroit on Wednesday. He told Wojnarowski that he didn’t realize he’d used the word “thugs,” which has negative racial connotations, and had intended to use the word “slugs.”

“I didn’t realize that I had said the word ‘thugs,’ but my staff told me later I did and so I must have said it,” Beilein told ESPN on Wednesday night. “I meant to say slugs, as in slow-moving. We weren’t playing hard before, and now we were playing harder.”

When Beilein said the word, a “hush” reportedly fell over the room, and players were both “stunned” and “disturbed.” Beilein told Wojnarowski on Wednesday night that he had been reaching out to players individually to explain, and that players had been “understanding.” From Wojnarowski’s new report, it seems that Beilein apologized to the entire team for the incident.

The Cavaliers have had a rough season so far. They’re 10-27 and currently on a five-game losing streak. Kevin Love, their biggest and most talented star, appears to be frustrated and deeply unhappy with how things are going. Beilein signed a five-year contract in May of 2019, and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere — for now, at least.