When Kevin Durant announced that he was signing with the Golden State Warriors on July 4, the basketball world waited on baited breath for Russell Westbrook’s response. All we got was an Instagram post featuring a picture of a plate of cupcakes, which seemed to mean that Russ was #unbothered by the big news.
Little did everyone know, the cupcake pictured carry weight.
According to Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins, who wrote a lengthy feature story on Westbrook, when Kendrick Perkins was a member of the Thunder, he would call teammates “cupcake” if he thought they were being soft. The cupcake picture posted by Westbrook may or may not have been a subtle way of calling KD “soft” for his decision to leave OKC:
Westbrook and Durant were not best buds, but they were peerless partners, a souped-up Stockton and Malone, transporting a mini market to the big time. Westbrook’s closest friends are actually former high school teammates, long-standing wing men like Donnell Beverly and Demetrius (Juice) Deason, who flank him in summer pickup games and play dominoes with him on the Fourth. “He didn’t talk much about what happened,” says Beverly. Westbrook didn’t disparage Durant. He didn’t judge him. All he did was take a picture. When Kendrick Perkins played center for the Thunder, he called teammates “cupcake” if he thought they were acting a little soft. Westbrook and Durant adopted the term in jest. Westbrook posted a bittersweet pic on Instagram: three plates of cupcakes topped by red and blue stars and sprinkles.
In a related story, Kevin Durant is Rolling Stone‘s latest cover boy and said that he left Oklahoma City because while the rest of the League’s top teams were adding proven veterans, the Thunder continued to go young.