Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/29/11

Russell Westbrook already seems to have some friction with Kevin Durant. Might his biggest problem be with Thunder coach Scott Brooks?

In a post explaining why Russell Westbrook won’t work in Oklahoma City, J.A. Adande slipped in the following nugget:

“[Westbrook's] told friends he feels Thunder coach Scott Brooks blames him for losses, while the credit for victories goes to Durant.”

It doesn’t matter whether or not Brooks is doing that, what matters is how Russell feels. His contract with the Thunder expires after next season. If he feels like he doesn’t get enough credit — or worse — that he gets blamed for the team’s failures, then it won’t be a surprise if he wants to leave.

Westbrook is talented and comes across as a guy who wants to be the leader of a team, not someone who defers to a teammate in the final minutes of a game. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case.

Chest bump to Aaron Bruski for sharing the note.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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